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Nicosia blasts Loizidou terms

NICOSIA (AP) – Turkey’s conditional acceptance of a 1998 European Court of Human Rights ruling to pay damages to a Greek-Cypriot woman denied access to her home in the Turkish-controlled part of the island was «completely unfounded,» Cypriot president Tassos Papadopoulos said yesterday. He was commenting on statements by Turkish officials last week that Turkey would pay damages of 400,000 Cyprus pounds (680,000 euros) to Titina Loizidou for denying her access to her home in Kyrenia in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus. Turkish officials have said they would pay the damages only if it was not considered a precedent and if 3,000 similar cases by other Greek-Cypriot refugees were withdrawn. «The judgment of the court is crystal clear and its compliance cannot be subject to any conditions,» Papadopoulos said. «The terms laid down by Turkey are… outside the legal framework of the judgment of the court.» Turkey had previously refused compliance with the 1998 Loizidou judgment.