British Justice – but not for the Orams?

House of Lords – written answers and statements, 22 March 2010

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass (Crossbench)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 2 February (WA 18) and 22 February (WA 209), and following the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights on 5 March that the Immovable Property Commission in Northern Cyprus provides accessible and effective redress for Greek Cypriot complaints about deprivation of property following the 1974 Turkish intervention, whether the Secretary of State for Justice intends to seek to have the decision in the Apostolides v Orams case referred back to the European Court of Justice.

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Labour)

The Government are aware of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg on several cases relating to property in Cyprus. We continue to believe that the complicated issue of property in Cyprus will be best solved through a comprehensive settlement agreement. The Government was not party to the Apostolides v Orams case and will not, therefore, seek to have the decision referred back to the European Court of Justice. It is up to the courts how they interpret the recent ECHR ruling in any future cases.

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