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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-01-20

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    The Law Office has welcomed a ruling by the British Court of Appeal in a property case brought by a Greek Cypriot against a British couple, who have built a holiday home, illegally, on his land in the northern Turkish occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus.

    In an official press release, the Law Office notes that the significance of the ruling is multilevel and above all stresses the United Kingdom`s obligation to respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus.

    The Law Office adds that the authority of the Cypriot courts to decide on cases concerning immovable property in the Turkish occupied areas is recognised, as well as the obligation of the British authorities to implement these decisions.

    Furthermore, the Law Office says that with the ruling, the rights of refugees to property are protected more effectively, since their civil rights are fully safeguarded against those who exploit them.

    ``Thus, the said ruling can constitute a significant element that will discourage further illegal exploitation of Greek Cypriot property in the occupied areas of the Republic,`` the Law Office points out.

    It also notes that the ruling contains many other points, concerning the substance of the Cyprus problem, such as the fact that a peaceful solution should be encouraged, as well as the United Kingdom`s obligations as a guarantor of Cyprus` independence. The UK, Greece and Turkey are, according to the 1960 constitution that established the Republic of Cyprus, the three guarantors of the countrys territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty.

    The Law Office furthermore points out that, according to the ruling, the non recognition of a legal decision by a legal court of an EU member state Cyprus - could worsen the situation.

    The Court of Appeal ruled that a decision by a Cypriot court, in connection with claims relating to Greek Cypriot owned property in Cyprus northern Turkish occupied areas, must be executed.

    The Court dismissed suggestions by the Orams that the case could jeopardize the current effort to find a negotiated settlement of the question of Cyprus.

    The British Court judgment was issued in the case of Apostolides v Orams, in which Greek Cypriot Meletis Apostolides took Charles and Linda Orams to court, claiming his property rights over his property in the occupied areas where the Orams had built, illegally, a holiday home.

    The Cypriot court had ordered the Orams to pay compensation to Apostolides, demolish the holiday home they had built in his property in the Turkish occupied village of Lapithos, halt all intervention on the said property and deliver it to its legal owner. The British Court of Appeal said this ruling must be executed.

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