Cyprus

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

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Photo of Lord Kilclooney Lord Kilclooney Crossbench 2:30 pm, 12th March 2002

My Lords, can the Government explain what incentive there is for Greek Cypriots to reach a settlement on the island when at the same time we are telling them that they can enter the EU without a settlement? Secondly, on the principle of the freedom of movement of persons, is it not inconsistent that in the EU we might have a member nation, the centre of which is patrolled by a United Nations peacekeeping force maintaining the peace between the two parts? Finally, would the Government be better advised to follow the example of the upper House of the Netherlands Parliament and decide not to support accession until there is agreement on the island?