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Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd July 1958.

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Photo of Mrs Lena Jeger Mrs Lena Jeger , Holborn and St Pancras South 12:00 am, 22nd July 1958

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement on the progress of negotiations regarding the future of Cyprus.

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

At this stage there is nothing I can add to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for Eton and Slough (Mr. Brockway) on 8th July

Photo of Mrs Lena Jeger Mrs Lena Jeger , Holborn and St Pancras South

In view of the tragic deterioration of the position in Cyprus, cannot the right hon. Gentleman give the House some more hopeful information than that? Are Her Majesty's Government content to reap the bitter harvest of Tory policy in Cyprus? Can he bring no word of healing or help to this tragic country?

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

I think the hon. Lady knows very well that, in the view of Her Majesty's Government and of a vast number of people, the policy that we announced last month provides the one hopeful chance of success.

Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

Will the Colonial Secretary make it clear that it is the view of everyone in this country that the only hopeful basis for this island is that Greeks and Turks should stop shooting at each other and at British soldiers? Will not he take up the initiative of Archbishop Makarios, who has himself called for a cessation of violence? [HON. MEMBERS: "When?"] This is too serious a matter for quips. Will not he invite the Turkish and Greek Prime Ministers to take part in a joint appeal so that discussions may proceed on the basis of the plan which the Government have put forward?

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

I entirely endorse what the hon. Member has said as to the way in which the troubles in Cyprus may be brought to an end and the need for Greeks and Turks to stop attacking each other and to stop attacking British security forces. As to the steps being taken to carry forward the policy announced by my right hon. Friend, I do not think that I can profitably add now to what I have already said.

Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

Are the Government in touch with the Greek and Turkish Prime Ministers with a view to carrying discussions on to the next stage?

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

I do not think that it would be helpful to give any further details now.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelli

In view of the fact that the last news from Cyprus was of 14 people killed during this weekend, will not the right hon. Gentleman consult the Prime Minister to see whether the Prime Minister will seek the co-operation of the Turkish and Greek Prime Ministers to make an appeal—in which hon. Members on both sides of the House would join—for the people of Cyprus to stop this violence?

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

I am always glad to take up any suggestion made by the right hon. Gentleman in regard to the possibilities of bringing to an end the evil murders now continuing.