Turkey defies European court ruling on Cyprus invasion damages

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 May, 2014, 1:47am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 May, 2014, 1:47am


Turkey said yesterday it will defy a European court order to pay €90 million (HK$960 million) in compensation to Greek Cypriots over its 1974 invasion of the island.

The European Court of Human Rights ordered Turkey to pay the damages this week, 13 years after finding it guilty of "massive and continuous" rights violations against Greek Cypriots on the island.

The court ruling said €30 million should go to the families of people who disappeared after the invasion, and the rest to enclaved Greek Cypriots in the north of the divided island.

But Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said his country would not be bound by the ruling. "Considering the grounds of this ruling, its method, and the fact that it is a country that Turkey does not recognise, we do do not find it necessary to make this payment," he said.

Davutoglu said the court ruling, with its "legal contradictions", had "dealt the biggest blow" to the peace process after UN-sponsored talks over Cyprus got back under way in February.