Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:30 pm on 12th March 2002.

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Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Liberal Democrat 2:30 pm, 12th March 2002

My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. Does she recognise that the amount of time that has been lost as a result of the break in the UN-sponsored talks in the past 18 months means that they are a long way behind the accession negotiations and that it will be hard work to ensure that the two negotiations are within sight of each other when the accession negotiations conclude by the end of this year?

Will she accept that, if we are to ensure that the talks make rapid progress, active diplomacy is needed by the British Government and their new partners not only in the two halves of Nicosia but also in Athens and Ankara?