Ignoring EU Court, Turkey Won’t Pay Families of Missing, Enclaved Cypriots

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 31, 2017 photo, a bulldozer and workers of Cyprus Missing Persons of the two communities work together during an excavation in a field for missing persons in the Turkish breakaway northern part of divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

While wanting to join the European Union, Turkey has refused to pay 90 million euros ($103.08 million) in compensation to families of missing persons and enclaved Greek Cypriots, as ordered by the European Court of Human Rights in 2014.

Some 30 million euros ($34.36 million) was for the relatives of missing persons from the unlawful 1974 invasion and 60 million euros ($68.72 million) for Greek-Cypriots enclaved in the peninsula of Karpasia occupied by Turkey.

The House Refugees Committee in the Parliament of the legitimate government of Cyprus heard Turkey won’t pay, claiming Cyprus’ administration wasn’t prepared to distribute the amount owed, the Cyprus Mail reported.

The committee was also told the Foreign Ministry is trying anew to draw attention to the missing persons issue and that Turkey was at fault, the panel President, Skevi Koukouma said after it met.

The committee also discussed the problems caused by a decreasing rate of identifications of missing persons by the Committee for Missing Persons (CMP) the paper said, with the ministry offering to draw up another plan to deal with it.

The Cyprus News Agency (CNA), citing government sources, said the government is preparing a bill to counter Turkish arguments it’s not ready to hand out money if paid as ordered.