Nicosia - The blatant position of the Turkish side to basically eradicate the Greek Cypriot element in the occupied north really upsets Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs Kate Clerides.
“I find that very upsetting. I tried recently to get permission through the UN and behind the scenes with contacts I have, for a lady, a youngish woman, who wants to re-settle in Rizokarpasso,” the well-known rapprochement activist told The Cyprus Daily.
“Her husband is not well and she wants to go and live with her family, with her husband and children in Rizokarpasso, she feels happier there with her parents. And so far I haven’t been able to achieve this,” Clerides added.
The former ruling Disy MP said that permission was not granted to the Greek Cypriot woman to return and have her three young children register at school in the Karpass peninsula simply because their policy is not to let young people settle.
“And they are quite open about it…I find it so distressing to be honest. Because my understanding of federation is not that there will be no people from one community living on the other side,” Clerides said.
“I know this is the policy, it’s just that I did not expect them to be so blatant about it…this is also obvious from the so-called law on inheritance they passed,” she added.
The daughter of former president Glafcos Clerides explained that the ‘inheritance law’ passed in the breakaway regime makes it hard for Greek Cypriot beneficiaries to get what belongs to them.
Beneficiaries have to show a minimum amount of contact with the area which obviously is not very easy when you live and work in the free areas, she said.
Legal experts have the fourth Interstate Application of Cyprus v Turkey looking at the so-called law.
But, she added, the European Court of Human Rights is not as receptive to Nicosia’s arguments as it used to be.
“The fact that they have considered the property commission (in the north) as a local remedy that in itself shows that the European Court is not as responsive to our positions as it used to be,” said Clerides who is also a lawyer.