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09/27/2021 Turkey (International Christian Concern) –  Cyprus has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to uphold its ruling for Turkey to pay outstanding compensation for Greek Cypriots. Turkey owes millions of dollars to those who fled Northern Cyprus in 1974 when it invaded and relocated Turkish Cypriots to the north, ultimately displacing around 160,000 Greek Cypriots.

As of March 2019, Turkey owes 52 million euros to over 30 cases part of a group case, Xenides-Arestis, 103 million euros in a Cyprus vs. Turkey case, and over 240,000 euros in cases concerning mission Greek Cypriot persons.

In 2005, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, not recognized by any countries besides Turkey, created the Immovable Property Commission following pressure from the ECHR. The commission was established to respond to the claims of Cypriots who lost their land and properties during the Turkish invasion. However, the commission is largely viewed as ineffective.

Turkey continues to grow its investment in Northern Cyprus where it drove out the local Christian population nearly 50 years ago.

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