Demopoulos decision disturbs Greek Cypriots

It is reported that Demopoulos decision, adopted by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on March 2010, is causing trouble for the Greek Cypriots at the negotiation table.

Greek Cypriot daily Phileleftheros newspaper reported in an article under the headline “5 strict guidelines on property issue”, that the 43-page-long Demopoulos decision, which has been referred to by Turkish side at the negotiations, accords rights to the current user, as well as making restitution and return impossible.

The newspaper emphasized that Article 111 and Article 112 of the Demopoulos decision cast doubt on how realistic it would be to have property owners hold their property now, and that it clearly states that the ECHR cannot impose on Turkey the obligation of returning the property to its owners.