THE number of applications by Greek Cypriot refugees to the immovable property committee (IPC) in the north are declining as a result of the resumption of peace talks, said Interior Minister Socrates Hasikos yesterday.
Without offering figures, Hasikos said the agreement to restart peace talks on February 11 has created hope and prospects and led to a reduction in IPC applications.
The ministry is monitoring the situation almost on a daily basis, said Hasikos.
Speaking after a meeting with members of the Cyprus Committee of Occupied Communities, Hasikos said a number of measures were being taken to curb the number of displaced Greek Cypriots applying to the IPC.
However, the ultimate measure will be to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem, he added.
The Greek Cypriot negotiating team is concerned that the more Greek Cypriot property owners who sell their properties in the occupied areas to Turkey, the worse their negotiating position is at the peace talks, particularly regarding the territory chapter.
The government, legal service and National Council have tried to come up with a number of proposals to deter IPC applications but most are considered non-implementable due to the discriminatory nature in which they treat property owners, while also raising the risk of the state being accused of human rights violations.