By Stefanos Evripidou
A TURKISH Cypriot is looking for the Greek Cypriot owners of property currently in his possession so he can return it to them, reported Turkish Cypriot paper Afrika on Thursday.
Under the front page headline, ‘Come get your property’, Afrika reported that a Turkish Cypriot named Eray Ozer is looking for the Greek Cypriot owners of properties he has been granted possession of by the breakaway regime in occupied Voni and Palekythro.
Ozer reportedly wants to give back the properties without wanting anything in exchange.
According to the Turkish Cypriot daily, it is the first time something like this has happened. Ozer was born in Epiho village in the occupied north, where he inherited around 60 donums of land (around 80,280 square meters).
However, the inherited land is situated within a military zone and has been retained for use by the army for many years. In exchange, Ozer’s family was granted other land in the occupied villages of Voni and Palekythro by the breakaway regime.
“Eray Ozer is looking for the real owners of these lands, the title deeds of which were given to him in 2004, in order to give them back without waiting for absolutely anything in return,” wrote the paper.
Ozer reportedly visited the Turkish Cypriot daily on Wednesday holding the title deeds in his hands and saying: “This property is not mine. It was taken by force from its real owners. I cannot reconcile with my honour leaving this property as inheritance to my children.”
Afrika’s editor-in-chief, Sener Levent wrote in his column that Ozer is ready to return 4.5 donums (6,021 square metres) in Voni and 9.25 donums (12,377 square metres) in Palekythro.