Turkey's Davutoglu: Court of Human Rights order not binding

Turkey's Foreign Minister says that the ruling from the European Court of Human Rights is not binding on an international level and badly timed as it comes amid renewed talks with Greek Cypriots.

Turkey's Davutoglu: Court of Human Rights order not binding

World Bulletin/News Desk

“The decision of the European Court of Human Rights is not binding in terms of international laws," Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said during a press conference Monday.

The European Court of Human Rights has found Turkey guilty of violating European human rights agreements, saying that the whereabouts of 1,491 Greek Cypriots is still unknown and 211,000 Greek Cypriots were forced from of their homes, following a lawsuit filed in 1994 by the Greek Cypriot administration.

The court ruled that Turkey should pay 30 million euros compensation to the families of missing persons and a further 60 million euros to Greek Cypriots on the Karpass Peninsula.

Davutoglu pointed out that this ruling comes amid renewed negotiations between Turkey and the Greek Cypriots after a two year pause due to the euro zone debt crisis and the Greek Cypriot’s taking on the EU presidency role in 2012, saying that "the timing is wrong apart the decision's faults in legal terms."

The island of Cyprus has remained divided into Greek and Turkish parts since a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by a Turkish peace mission to aid Turkish Cypriots in the north in 1974.

Last Mod: 13 Mayıs 2014, 10:23
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