Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:11 pm on 11th December 1996.

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Photo of Edward O'Hara Edward O'Hara , Knowsley South 1:11 pm, 11th December 1996

I welcome other representatives of the Greek Cypriot community and trade unionists from the Transport and General Workers Union, who have come to support us.

I remind the House of the numerous occasions on which the resettlement of Famagusta has been proposed at a high level. The British-American-Canadian framework of 1978 said: In order to promote an atmosphere of good will and to resolve pressing humanitarian problems, the Varosha (Famagusta) area shall be resettled under UN auspices". In his 1978 report, the Secretary-General of the United Nations said: The status of Famagusta which obviously should not be kept in its present empty and decaying condition, may provide an opportunity … Since Famagusta is situated in the immediate vicinity of the buffer zone". The Secretary-General went on to propose the resettlement of Famagusta by its former inhabitants under UN auspices.

In 1979, a high-level agreement between the then President Kyprianou and Mr. Denktash said: Priority will be given to reaching agreement on the resettlement of Famagusta under UN auspices simultaneously with the beginning of the consideration of other matters. Security Council resolution 550 of 1984 considers attempts to settle any part of Famagusta by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible and calls for the transfer of this area to the administration of the United Nations".