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Number of Greek Cypriots resorting to IPC has plummeted, Hasikos says

The offices of the Immovable Property Commission (IPC) in northern Nicosia

Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos said on Wednesday that measures taken by the government to discourage Greek Cypriots from resorting to the immovable property commission (IPC) in the north had dropped dramatically.

“The government`s policies to reduce the number of Greek Cypriots who resort to the immovable property commission in the occupied areas to sell their properties, have yielded results,” he said.

In statements after the cabinet meeting, Hasikos said that in 2013 the number of Greek Cypriot applications to the commission was 1,700, while in 2014 the number dropped to 372.

He added that the Cabinet had decided on Wednesday that Greek Cypriots who had properties in the north could sell them to other Greek Cypriots without any transfer fees.

This decision, he said would be sent to the House for approval.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in 2010 that the IPC constituted an effective domestic remedy to address property claims by Greek Cypriots. (CNA)

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