Press Release on the Cyprus v. Turkey Decision of the ECHR May 10, 2001

"On 10 May 2001, the European Court on Human Rights (ECHR) delivered its decision on the fourth application of the Greek Cypriot Administration lodged on 3 March 1995 against Turkey. The conclusion is reached in this judgment that Turkey violated the articles of the European Convention on Human Rights concerning missing persons, right to property of displaced persons, protection of family life and living conditions of Greek Cypriots living in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

The judgment of the ECHR is a repetition of its decisions in the previous three applications of the Greek Cypriot Administration in 1974,1975 and 1977.In that respect, although the decision is not entirely surprising, it is contrary to the realities in Cyprus, devoid of legal basis, unjust and impossible to be implemented by Turkey.

The Turkish Government has nothing to add to the observations it made in connection with the previous applications of the Greek Cypriot Administraiton. The Turkish Government finds this decision of the Court erroneous as well, and maintains its view that this issue should be taken up with the TRNC, not Turkey. Thus,with this decision, efforts to prevent the exploitation of the Cyprus problem by Greek Cypriot Administraiton, and to contribute to a peaceful solution are obstructed once again, and the UN Secretary General's search for a solution is rendered more difficult.''