ECHR fine over invasion of Cyprus shocks Turkey

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The huge fine imposed by the European Court of Human Rights on Turkey has seen Ankara emphasising that it does not recognise the decision.

The Court decided that Turkey must pay 90 million euro to Cyprus for the invasion on the island in 1974.

The ECHR told Ankara to pay the amount to the Republic of Cyprus within 90 days. Cyprus will distribute the money to the beneficiaries.

A few minutes before the issuing of the ruling, Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu, argued that “the decision is not binding nor is of particular value. This trial was resumed after 10 years. Apart from the legal errors, the timing of the decision is also wrong. The process of the talks for a lasting peace in Cyprus has just started; it is not good for the psychology of the talks”.

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(Photo of Davutoglu: mfa.gov.tr)

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