Turkey Must Pay EUR 90 M over Cyprus Invasion - ECHR

World | May 12, 2014, Monday // 17:39|  views

A file photo dated 20 July 2013 showing a man lighting a candle at a relative`s grave during a memorial day for the soldiers who lost their lives fighting the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, held annually at the Tymvos Makedonitissa military cemetery, in

The European Court of Human Rights ordered Turkey to pay EUR 90 M over the invasion of Cyrpus in 1974.

Monday's judgment also says the damages ascribed to Ankara were a compensation for losses the island's population suffered during the invasion, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Thirty million of that sum would go to the relatives of 1456 people who disappeared during the events, and EUR 60 M are for the Greek Cypriots still living in the north of the island.

Turkey's actions on Cyprus in 1974 resulted in a division of the island, with a Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus being set up in its north and recognized only by Ankara. The government of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit ordered an invasion after a military coup supported by Greece was staged there.

The division of the island has impacted both Turkey's relations with its neighbors and the EU accession negotiations.

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Tags: European Court of Human Rights, turkey, Cyprus, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, island, invasion, Bulent Ecevit


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