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.
, 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
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
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
also said that "he
wasn't aware" of the leaflet depicting the dead Turkish Cypriot kids until someone brought it to his
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.