Turkey's foreign ministry calls court ruling unfair

Monday, May 12, 2014

Turkey's Foreign Ministry spokesman has called the European Court of Human Rights ruling unfair in a statement.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry spokesman has called the European Court of Human Rights ruling unfair in a statement.

ANKARA – Turkey's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Tanju Bilgic has said the European Court of Human Rights ruling is "contrary to the facts of Cyprus".

"Turkey will maintain its determined attitude over permanent solution on Cyprus issue despite the court's unfair order," said Bilgic in a statement issued by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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 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.

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