ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey says it won't pay $123 million in damages to Cyprus that was ordered by Europe's top human rights court and is calling that ruling the biggest blow yet to peace talks for the divided island.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Monday that Turkey must pay the damages to Cyprus for its 1974 invasion and the island's subsequent division.
On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the ruling unfair and said it put all the blame for Cyprus' division on Turkey. He said the ruling was "non-binding" because Turkey does not legally recognize Cyprus' government.
Cyprus has been divided since Turkey invaded in 1974 after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Only Turkey recognizes the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state proclaimed in northern Cyprus.