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Ownership status of hotels and other accomodation facilities in the occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus hereby publishes a list (Includes only hotels and other accommodation facilities on which information regarding property ownership is available) of hotels situated in the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus. The majority of these hotels belong to Greek Cypriot displaced persons who were forced to leave their properties following the Turkish invasion of 1974 or have been built illegally on properties belonging to displaced Greek Cypriots, in violation of the latter’s property rights and without their consent.

A number of hotels belong to Turkish Cypriots or have been built on land belonging to Turkish Cypriots.

The European Court of Human Rights, in its Judgment of 18 December 1996, on the individual application of the Greek Cypriot displaced owner Mrs. Titina Loizidou, against Turkey, and in the Fourth Interstate Application of Cyprus against Turkey of 10 May 2001, upheld the rights of the refugees to their properties. In the Loizidou case, the Court ordered the Government of Turkey to compensate the applicant for the time period of deprivation of use of her property and to provide full access and allow peaceful enjoyment of her property in Kyrenia. The right of the displaced owners to their properties was reconfirmed in the most recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights (Dec. 2005) regarding the application of Myra Xenides- Arestis v. Turkey.

It should also be reminded that, according to the United Nations Principles on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons (the Pinheiro principles) “all refugees and displaced persons have the right to have restored to them any housing, land or property of which they were arbitrarily or unlawfully deprived..”.

Under Cyprus Law, Greek Cypriot property owners may bring legal actions before the competent Courts of the Republic against trespassers to their properties in the Turkish-occupied area, claiming damages and other legal remedies available to them under civil law. Judgments issued in favour of lawful property owners shall be recognized and enforced against property/assets of the defendants/judgment debtors in any EU member State, under the provisions of EC Regulation No.44/2001.

In the case of Meletis Apostolides v. Orams, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales has very recently examined the Appeal lodged by Mr. Apostolides against the High Court judgment issued on 6.9.2006, which held that a judgment of the District Court of Nicosia in favour of Mr. Apostolνdes regarding immovable property owned by him in the area of Lapithos, illegally held by Mr. and Mrs. Orams, could not be enforced in England under Regulation No.44/2001. The Court of Appeal, at the outset of the hearing proceedings, rejected the argument submitted on behalf of the Orams that the interpretation of the crucial EU Law provisions is so clear that the Court of Appeal should dismiss the appeal without referring any questions to the European Court of Justice. The Court of Appeal (the Lord Chief Justice presiding) held that the resolution of the predominant issues in the case depended upon the interpretation of EU law and that such interpretation, being far from clear, should ultimately rest with the European Court of Justice, upon a reference for a preliminary ruling under Articles 68 and 234 of the EC Treaty. Pending adjudication by the European Court on the questions referred to it by the Court of Appeal, it is abundantly clear that the judgment of the High Court dated 6.9.2006 is of no legal effect, as it has been cast with serious doubts as to the merits thereof, such doubts having been clearly expressed by the Court of Appeal in deciding on the reference of the critical issues.

It is also important to note that, under Cyprus’s Criminal Code, Cap.154, any person who, with intent to defraud, deals in immovable property belonging to another is guilty of a felony (“fraudulent dealings in immovable property belonging to another”) and is liable to imprisonment for up to seven years. Under the Law a person is deemed to be dealing in immovable property where he/she (a) sells to another, or rents to another, or mortgages to another or encumbers in any way, or makes available for use by another immovable property, or (b) advertises or otherwise promotes the sale or renting out or mortgaging or charging in any way to another of immovable property or the use thereof by another, or (c) concludes an agreement for the sale to another, or the renting out to another, or the mortgaging to another, or the charging in any way to the benefit of another, or the use by another of immovable property, or (d) accepts the immovable property which is the object of the dealing. Depending on the situation, it is also possible that European Arrest Warrants be issued against persons who may be prosecuted for the aforesaid criminal offence in the Republic.

In the light of the above and bearing particularly in mind that the right to peaceful enjoyment of one΄s property is an inalienable individual human right protected under the Constitution of the Republic and the European Convention on Human Rights, Greek Cypriot property owners are entitled to legal protection against any form or unlawful interference with such rights. Persons responsible for such interference run a serious risk of facing legal proceedings, either in the form of civil action or criminal prosecution, with grave consequences, as already explained above.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus conveys a strong warning message to foreign citizens who wish to travel to the occupied part of Cyprus, that staying in the listed Greek Cypriot owned hotels or in hotels which have been built on Greek Cypriot property without the consent of the owners, is illegal and contributes and/or assists in the illegal exploitation/usurpation of Greek Cypriot properties contrary to domestic and/or International Law. Such foreign citizens are, therefore, advised to seek accommodation in hotels and other establishments lawfully owned by Turkish Cypriots.

5 July 2007

A/ACURRENT NAME

“CURRENT NAME” is the name under which a hotel is running today.
NAME BEFORE 1974

“NAME BEFORE 1974” applies to those hotels already running before the 1974 Turkish invasion. In some cases, the current illegal occupiers of these hotels have given them new names.
LOCATION

Unless indicated, LOCATION, CLASS and BED NUMBER are not known.
CLASSBED NUMBERPROPERTY OR BUILDING OWNERSHIP STATUS
KYRENIA DISTRICT:
1ACAPULCO HOLIDAY VILLAGE KYRENIA5*930G/C
2ALTINKAYA & ΑRΜΟΝΙΑ H.C. KYRENIA2*138G/C
3AMBELIA VILLAGE AMBELIA VILLAGE BELLAPAIS2*144G/C
4ATLANTIS HOTELATLANTIS HOTELKERYNIA1*31G/C
5BELLAPAIS MONASTERY VILLAGE BELAPAIS3*130G/C
6BRISTOL HOTEL BRISTOL HOTEL KERYNIA2*36G/C
7BRITISH HOTELEL GRECO HOTELKERYNIA1*36G/C
8CELEBRITY HOTEL CELEBRITY HOTEL LAPITHOS4*180T/C
9CHATEAU LAMBOUSA LAPITHOS5*108T/C
10CLUB ALDA KYRENIA1*28T/C
11CLUB LAPETHOS LAPITHOS3*230G/C
12CLUB SIMENA HOTEL VASILEIIA3*84T/C
13CLUB Z KYRENIA3*156G/C
14COLONNADE CLUB HOTEL KYRENIA2*20G/C
15COUER DE LION HOTELLIMAN HOTELKERYNIA3*32G/C
16DENIZKIZI HOTEL MAIRMAID HOTELKARAVAS3*114G/C
17DENIZKIZI ROYAL HOTEL KARAVAS4*108G/C
18DOME HOTEL KATSELLIS DOME HOTELKERYNIA4*320G/C
19DORANA HOTELDORANA HOTELKERYNIA2*66G/C
20ERGENEKON HOTEL KYRENIA1*20G/C
21GRAND AVRASYA HOTEL KERYNIA3*107G/C
22GRAND ROCK HOTEL HESPERIDES HOTELKERYNIA4*110G/C
23HARBOUR SCENE HOTEL KYRENIA1*30G/C
24HOTEL SEMPATI LAPITHOS3*68G/C
25KAAN HOTEL KYRENIA2*70G/C
26KA■GAR COURT HOTEL KYRENIA2*30G/C
27KEMBA SET KYRENIA G/C
28KORINEUM COLF COUNTRY CLUB AGIOS AMVROSIOS G/C
29KYRENIA JASMINE COURT HOTEL JASMINE COURTKERYNIA5*392G/C
30L.A. HOLIDAY CENTER LAPITHOS4*224T/C
31L.A. HOTEL & RESORT LAPITHOS4*224T/C
32LIFE HOTEL APT. KYRENIA1*46G/C
33LIGHTHOUSE HOTEL KYRENIA1*40G/C
34MANOLYA HOTEL LAPITHOS2*96T/C
35MARE MONTE MARE MONTE HOTEL KARAVAS3*188G/C
36MERCURE HOTEL AGIOS GEORGIOS5*606G/C
37MERIT CRYSTAL COVE HOTEL ZEPHYROS HOTELKARAVAS5*444G/C
38MOUNTAIN VIEW AGIOS GEORGIOS3*82G/C
39MUFTUZADE HOTEL APT. KYRENIA1*46G/C
40NOSTALGIA HOTEL KYRENIA1*52G/C
41ONAR HOLIDAY VILLAGE KERYNIA3*76G/C
42OSCAR RESORT KERYNIA4*472G/C
43OSCAR VOUNI LEFKA1*400G/C
44OSMAN’S HOTEL APTS. KYRENIA1*68G/C
45PIA BELLA HOTEL KYRENIA3*117G/C
46PITORESK HOLIDAY VILLAGE DIORIOS 117G/C
57PORT BARBARROS GIALOUSA G/C
58PORT CYPRIUM MARINA AGIOS AMVROSIOS G/C
47RESORT DEDEMAN OLIVE TREE AGIOS EPIKTITOS4*250T/C
48RIVERSIDE HOLIDAY VILLAGE KARAVAS4*266G/C
49SAMMY’S HOTEL KYRENIA2*44G/C
50SIDELIA HOTEL KYRENIA1*24G/C
51SOCRATES HOTELSOCRATES HOTELKERYNIA2*36G/C
52THE COLONY KERYNIA5*200G/C
53THE SHIP INN HOTEL KERYNIA3*146G/C
54TOP SET HOTEL & BUNGALOWS AGIOS GEORGIOS3*120G/C
59TURTLE BAY HEIGHTS - HAWTHORN HOTELS AGIOS AMVROSIOS G/C
55TURTLE BAY VILLAGE - HAWTHORN HOTELS AGIOS AMVROSIOS 1000G/C
56YENI ANADOL HOTEL KYRENIA1*66G/C

A/ACURRENT NAMENAME BEFORE 1974LOCATIONCLASSBED NUMBERPROPERTY OR BUILDING OWNERSHIP STATUS
FAMAGUSTA DISTRICT:
1ALTUN TABYA OTEL FAMAGUSTA1*32T/C
2BILFER PALM BEACH HOTEL CONSTANTIA HOTELFAMAGUSTA5*216G/C
3BOGAZ HOTEL BOCAZ HOTELTRIKOMO3*86G/C
4COLOSSEUM RESORT VOKOLIDA5*1,200STATE FOREST LAND - REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS
5ELIZEL MOTEL G/C
6KAYA ARTEMIS HOLIDAY RESORT VOKOLIDA5*2,500STATE LAND - REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS
7LONG BEACH CLUB & RESORT FAMAGUSTA5*103G/C
8MALIBU BEACH HOTEL GIALOUSA G/C
9MIMOZA HOTEL MIMOZA HOTEL FAMAGUSTA3*102G/C
10OASIS AYFILON RIZOKARPASO G/C
11PANORAMA HOTELPANORAMA HOTELFAMAGUSTA1*20G/C
12PARK HOTEL EVAGORAS COURTSALAMINA3*93G/C
13PORTOFINO HOTEL FAMAGUSTA3*104G/C
14SALAMIS BAY CONTI RESORT HOTEL SALAMIS BAY HOTEL FAMAGUSTA5*96075% BRITISH, 25% G/C
15THE DEE EUROPEAN HOTEL FAMAGUSTA2*80G/C
16THERESA HOTEL TRIKOMO1*36G/C
17VENUS BEACH RESIDENCES & HOTEL AGIOS SERGIOS 270G/C
18KOCAREIS HOLIDAY RESORT SALAMINA 60G/C & STATE LAND
19SWEET WATER BAY AKANTHOU G/C
20SEA TERRA MARINA AKANTHOU G/C
21SEA TERRA BAY AKANTHOU G/C
22SOUTHERN GARDENS AKANTHOU G/C
23LEVENT HOMES AKANTHOU G/C
24ORANGERY HOMES AKANTHOU G/C
25TRANSO PROPERTY PATRIKI G/C


A/ACURRENT NAMENAME BEFORE 1974LOCATIONCLASSBED NUMBERPROPERTY OR BUILDING OWNERSHIP STATUS
NICOSIA DISTRICT:
1CITY ROYAL HOTEL NICOSIA3*160T/C
2GERMANIA TREUHAND H. NICOSIA3* T/C
3SARAY HOTEL SARAY HOTEL NICOSIA3*144T/C




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