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Mr. Ali Ozmen Safa

Head of the Administrative Council

Property International Plc

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Property International Plc

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Employment History

Member, School of Oriental and African Studies and Turkish Cypriots Businessman

University of London


Residence International

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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 04-11-26 [cached]

Turkish Cypriot daily AFRIKA newspaper (26.11.04) publishes a written statement by Ali Ozmen Safa, chairman of the Union of Turkish Cypriot Building and Real Estate Investors and head of the Administrative Council of the Property International Plc, regarding the issue of the Greek Cypriot refugee from Lapithos village, Mr Apostolides who won a case in a court of the Republic of Cyprus against an English couple who had built a villa on his occupied property.

Mr Safa refers to an article published in "The Times" on Monday 22 November, 2004 under the title "The British are facing the danger of losing their houses after the refugees demand their properties".
Mr Safa says, inter alia, the following in his statement: "'At the moment 7.000 foreigners, the great majority of whom are British, are living in Northern Cyprus.

Cyprus Weekly [cached]

Kourouklides said Ali Ozmen Safa, a London-based Turkish Cypriot real estate agent, berated a woman behind the counter of a major Greek Cypriot property developer for displaying and distributing the leaflets.

Safa, denied that any of the 24 Turkish Cypriot realtors he set up inside a "village" at the exhibition had perpetrated any act of vandalism against their Greek Cypriot counterparts.
"Whoever would do something like that, I condemn it.None of my exhibitors would even think about that," Safa told The Cyprus Weekly from his London office.
Safa apparently took exception to the leaflet's last paragraph, which said: "Any such illegal purchase of Greek Cypriot owned property in the north of Cyprus would make you a supporter of ethnic cleansing in Cyprus."
Safa said he voluntarily cancelled seminars he would have conducted during the exhibition for the sake of avoiding confrontation after being warned that "there would be trouble" if he carried on.
He also said that "he wasn't aware" of the leaflet depicting the dead Turkish Cypriot kids until someone brought it to his attention.He blamed Greek Cypriot realtors for ratcheting up the controversy by distributing the "offensive" leaflet first.
But Safa - who also happens to be president of the Union of Turkish Cypriot Developers and Real Estate Investors - evaded questions on whether property sales in the north are in fact illegal.
"I'm not a lawyer, I'm not a politician.You should put that question to the politicians," he said, insisting that Greek Cypriots forewent the opportunity to solve the Cyprus issue by rejecting the UN reunification plan in the April 24 referendums.
SAFA is also Chairman of Property International Plc and publisher of the quarterly property magazine Residence which is primarily geared towards British homebuyers looking for holiday or permanent homes in warmer European climes.
He is also a leading voice among Turkish Cypriot business leaders opposing new occupation regime regulations prohibiting freehold property ownership by foreigners.
Safa has claimed that a Turkish Cypriot "cabinet" decision to introduce a 125-year expiration date on all title deeds issued to foreigners would bring a "chill" to the real estate sales boom in the north and seriously hurt the north's economy driven by the estimated US$500m property development business.

Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 04-09-21 [cached]

The Turkish Cypriot businessman, Ali Ozmen Safa, chairman of the Property International Plc, said that the reason of the establishment of the "Turkish Village" was to oppose the so-called embargoes against the Turkish Cypriots and noted that its importance increased in this period when the "embargoes" continue, the occupied part of Cyprus has been turned into a construction site and the constructions are the motive power of the Turkish Cypriot economy.

Mr Safa said: "Two years ago we were the only Turkish firm in the fair.


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NEWS [cached]

North Cyprus Property - News - ALI OZMEN SAFA, publisher of RESIDENCE magazine, finds yet another instance of discrimination against agents and developers offering property for sale in Northern Cyprus.
"For too many years the Turkish Cypriot community has sat back and failed to defend itself against the weight of the Greek Cypriot propaganda machine"

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