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Loizidou case continues to haunt Turkey

Featured Loizidou case continues to haunt Turkey

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe today decided to continue the investigation into the case of Titina Loizidou against Turkey, despite Ankara's request for a closure.

Turkey was convicted in the late 1990s by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and paid financial compensation years later for loss of use.

However, to date, Turkey has not complied with the decision to attribute to Tita Loizidou its property in occupied Kyrenia. The case was the first individual appeal against Turkey in the ECHR.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, at its meeting today, decided to monitor the implementation of ECHR judgments in the Xenides-Arestis case group against Turkey, including the continuation of the Loizidou case against Turkey by the Commission, despite Turkey's request for its closure as a precondition for its future cooperation with the Commission.

According to the decision, the case will be resumed in June. Moreover, in the same decision, as in the Barnabas v. Turkey and Transnational case (Cyprus vs. Turkey) cases, the Commission is deeply disappointed at Turkey's decision to abstain from the talks and calls on Ankara to cooperate.

The Commission reiterated Turkey's unconditional obligation to pay the damages awarded by the ECtHR in 33 cases of the Xenidis-Arestis group, in the Barnabas case, as well as in the transnational case.