Cyprus Law | Maraş / Varosha Belongs to Turkish Cypriots

Cyprus Law | Maraş / Varosha Belongs to Turkish CypriotsTaner Derviş, a former director of the Cyprus Islamic Trust (Kıbrıs Vakıflar İdaresi), will be giving a series of conferences about the ownership of Maraş/Varosha Evkaf land in Cyprus. This seaside town, uninhabited since the 1974 War in Cyprus, has been at the centre of European court cases and was also the focus of an ITV documentary. There have been calls to allow the original owners to return to this once popular resort town in Famagusta in northwest Cyprus but the Turkish side reject Greek Cypriot claims of ownership, asserting that Maraş is primarily Evkaf property.

Ersu Ekrem, the deputy chair of the British Turkish Cypriot Association (BTCA), explained that:

“In 2005, Xenides-Arestis, a Greek Cypriot refugee, won a famous victory at the European Court of Human Rights claiming ownership and compensation for her family land in Maraş. Yet the court ignored the clear fact that the British authorities had illegally transferred ownership of Evkaf land to her grandfather in 1913. Not only did they have no such right – Evkaf land cannot be expropriated under any circumstances – the transaction took place before the British even had sovereign control over the island!”

If you are interested in this topic. all three events are free and open to members of the public. However attendance at the Parliament event requires advance registration. The dates and venues for next week’s conferences are as follows:

  • Tuesday 27 January, 7pm at London University – Jeffrey Hall, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1 OAL. Seminar in English.
  • Wednesday 28 January, 6-8pm at House of Commons – Boothroyd Room in Portcullis House. Seminar in English (prior registration and photo ID for attendees is required).
  • Thursday 29 January, 7.30pm at Regency Banqueting Suite – 113 Bruce Grove, Tottenham, London N17 6UR. Seminar in Turkish.

Event info and registration for Parliament talk via BTCA: email: [email protected]

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4 comments to Cyprus Law | Maraş / Varosha Belongs to Turkish Cypriots

  • Miltiades

    I suppose the Ottoman empire occupied Cyprus in 1571 and brought along …..Varosia !!!

    These idiots, including you, must realize that Varosia existed in Cyprus a few thousand years before the Ottomans set foot on the island.
    What an absurd suggestion!!

  • Dominic Freeman

    Milt, your understanding of Title Deeds is, like your knowledge of most things, appalling. Next, you’ll be arguing that cavemen own Cyprus

  • Miltiades

    Dom, THE ottomans invaded and occupied Cyprus for the first time in 1571. No Ottomans had previously set foot on the island.
    Do some research it might improve your knowledge although I doubt it!

  • AM

    Did the Ottomans steal your ancestral home as well Milti ?