Cyprus Mail

Turkish diplomats’ accounts frozen – report

TURKISH diplomats in the UK have allegedly seen their bank accounts frozen following a British court decision implementing a ruling taken in Cyprus.

The case concerns seven Greek Cypriots who filed a property case against Turkey. Once the court in Cyprus ruled in their favour, they took the case to the British justice system, asking the decision be implemented in the UK.

According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet that reported the story on Friday, British courts then proceeded to block bank accounts of several Turkish individuals including some serving as diplomats.

This sparked Ankara’s reaction and last week summoned the British ambassador. According to Turkey’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Tanju Bilgiç, the Turkish embassy in London had taken similar steps.

Their line to the British authorities was that the move goes against the Vienna convention.

“It’s unacceptable. We have launched an official process to object. We expect the lifting of the court orders on these accounts,” he reportedly said.

Bilgic added the decision could harm the “positive environment” of ongoing reunification talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

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