Turkey Allows Certain Foreigners to Purchase Land

TURKEY–The Turkish "Radikal" newspaper reported on Tuesday that foreigners will be allowed to purchase land in Turkey–but that the government will strictly monitor those who apply to acquire land. In fact–a commission was created on December 24–2003–to monitor those foreigners who seek to purchase land.

Forming the commission are representatives from the ministries of defense–interior–foreign affairs–and justice–Turkey’s national Security Council–secret service (MIT)–military heads–as well as representatives of offices dealing with property issues.

The commission will scrutinize the possible intent and future plans of those non-Turkish citizens who wish to purchase property–and has formed a list of important and strategic locations that can not be sold to outsiders.

While some processes will be simplified for foreigners–limitations will also be enforced. For example–having recently reviewed the purchase of land in the village of Alanya by 13,000 Germans–as well as the purchase of Government-owned farms by Israelis and Armenia’s–the commission recently decided that citizens of 35 countries–including Armenia–will be not be allowed to purchase property in Turkey. Others include citizens of Iran–Iraq–Afghanistan–Algeria–India–Cuba–Greece–Tunisia–and Saudi Arabia. Citizens from countries welcomed to purchase land include Germany–United States–United Kingdom–France–Italy–Panama–Uruguay–Belize–Benin–and the Central African Republic.

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