GERMAN COURT BANS TO USE OF NORTH KOREAN BUILDING AS HOTEL


29/01/2020




Serhat TUNAR -TDO- The operators of the building belonging to the North Korean embassy in Berlin, the capital of Germany, used as a hotel, the municipality's decision to 'cease operations' had been taken to the judiciary. However, the German court rejected the hotel owners ' application to sue, finding the municipality's decision to close the hotel justified.

Yılmaz and Şükriye Erçelik, directors of EGI Gmbh, have been running the hotel City Hostel Berlin in central Berlin since 2004. But ownership of the hotel building has been owned by North Korea since 1960. The hotel owners also pay 38 thousand euros in rent to the Pyongyang administration every month.

The Berlin Municipality argues that commercial use of the building in question is not legally possible because of a United Nations Security Council resolution on sanctions against North Korea in 2016. The German government says Pyongyang's buildings in the country can only be used for diplomatic missions.

The families of North Korean diplomats were staying in the building, which was located in East Germany during the Cold War. With the unification of Germany, the North Korean embassy had begun to turn over or lease some of the buildings and parking spaces it did not use.


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