Decision to Extend IPC’s Term of Office Essential

Former prime minister and former leader of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Ferdi Soyer has said that prior to the 7 January elections, the assembly must decide on the extension of the Immovable Property Commission’s (IPC) term of office.

Speaking in reference to the recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights regarding an appeal by Adriani Ionnou, which said that in her particular case, the IPC had been ineffective, Soyer said that this case has had taken on greater dimensions.

He also stated that in co-operation with Turkey, solutions must be found to the economic problems that the commission faces. “This issue could put both Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots in trouble”, the former PM said.

In addition, Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis writes that the extension of the IPC’s term of office, which ends on 21 December “and is going through a critical phase”, is essential, since the Greek Cypriots have started to apply to the European Court of Human Rights and they have launched procedures that could lead to the arrest of Turkish Cypriots.

Noting that the Greek Cypriots’ action increases the international importance of the IPC, the paper writes that its term should be prolonged but this cannot take place because work at assembly has been suspended because of the forthcoming elections.

Kibris Postasi

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