Turkish deputy premier says European court ruling against Turkey on Cyprus compensation is 'null and void'
ANKARA - A ruling by the European Court of Human Rights ordering Turkey to pay €90 million ($124 million) to Cyprus in compensation for its 1974 peace operation will have no effect on the negotiation process with the Greek Cypriot administration, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay has said.
His comments Tuesday came a day after the court announced its decision -- one of the most significant judgments in the history of the court.
Atalay added that he had shared the view of Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu, who said a day earlier: "The court's decision is null and void for Turkey."
The European Court of Human Rights has found Turkey guilty of violating European human rights agreements during and after Turkey's peace operation in the island in 1974.
The court ruled that Turkey should pay €30 million in compensation to families of people who went missing during the mission, and a further €60 million to Greek Cypriots on the Karpaz peninsula.
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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