TRNC News Today 13th May 2014

ECHR condemns Turkey to pay compensation on Cyprus

In the case opened by Greek Cypriot administration at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on 22 November 1994, ECHR ordered Turkey to pay 90 million Euros in compensation to the Greek Cypriot administration for Cyprus Peace Operation in 1974.

Ahmet DavutoğluTurkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu pointed out that ECHR’s decision concerning the Cyprus Peace Operation is non-binding and emphasized that it is mis-timed.

Ahmet Davutoğlu said: “As the comprehensive negotiations in Cyprus gain acceleration, a new process begins under the guidance of Turkey following the distinguished efforts and all attentions focus on the negotiations, to take such a decision is not proper for the psychology of the comprehensive negotiations. It is also not compatible with the positive atmosphere reached on the Cyprus negotiations”.

Drawing attention that Turkey always carries on its principal position on the cases in ECHR, Davutoğlu said: “This case is brought into question again 10 years later. It is non-binding in the context of international law and in the laws of ECHR and it does not have any value for us”.

Davutoğlu also stated that the decision of ECHR has juridical reservations and also it is mis-timed.

President of the Turkish-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry Emma Edhem held a series of contacts in the TRNC

Emma EdhemDuring her visit Edhem met with with speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber, Prime Minister Özkan Yorgancıoğlu, Deputy Prime Minister Serdar Denktaş and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami.

Recording that they have many projects to realize with the TRNC, Edhem said that it is good that the negotiations are continuing even if at a slow pace and stressed that reaching a conclusion will be beneficial and positive for everyone.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the ‘missing bus’ massacre

Association of  Larnakalılar commemorated the 50th anniversary of the ‘Missing Bus’ massacre which is one of five mass massacres carried out by the Greeks on various dates during the Turkish Cypriot existence struggle in Cyprus.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office