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Turkey agrees to pay Greek Cypriot compensation for house seized in 1974

A Greek Cypriot who lost her home after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, last night stood to become the first refugee to be compensated for her loss following a ruling by the European court of human rights. Under threat of sanctions from the Council of Europe, Turkey signalled it would comply with yesterday’s deadline to pay £530,000 in damages to Titina Loizidou, a travel guide. She is one of an estimated 200,000 refugees displaced by the division of the island. “If the obstacles can be overcome by both sides, we will pay,” the Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gul said this week. The Strasbourg-based tribunal ruled in Ms Loizidou’s favour five years ago, arguing that Turkey had deprived her of “access to and enjoyment of” her property. Full Story

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