Turkey calls EU compensation demand 'unlawful'

European Court of Human Rights decision calling on Turkey to pay compensation to Greek Cypriots can not be implemented, says Turkey's EU minister

European Court of Human Rights decision calling on Turkey to pay compensation to Greek Cypriots can not be implemented, says Turkey's EU minister

ANKARA - Turkey's EU minister has called "unlawful" a European Court of Human Rights ruling Monday which ordered Turkey to pay €90 million compensation to Greek Cypriots.

Mevlut Cavusoglu said that he hoped the court's decision will not affect the settlement talks in Cyprus which he said were developing positively. 

Cavusoglu also stressed that the court's decision could not be implemented while the Cyprus negotiation process was underway. 

"This decision is objectionable in every respect, legally, political, and in terms of implementation as well," said the EU minister.

The court on Monday 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 out of their homes.

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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