Thousands of expatriates who have property in northern Cyprus could be affected by a European Court of Justice ruling that the European Union’s courts should enforce Greek Cypriot legal verdicts.

The ECJ judgment, published yesterday, backed the efforts of a Greek Cypriot architect to reclaim land his family abandoned when the island was partitioned in 1974, and on which a British couple have since built a holiday house.

The fact that a Greek Cypriot judgment cannot practically be enforced in northern Cyprus, whose authorities are recognised only by Ankara, 'does not prevent the courts of another [EU] member state from declaring such judgments enforceable', the ECJ found.

Financial Times