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 Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) 2:30 pm, 12th March 2002

My Lords, does the Minister agree that, while the division of Cyprus must not be allowed to get in the way of progress in the accession talks to the EU, the accession talks and the EU issue must not be allowed to get in the way of the glimmerings of successful talks at last moving ahead between the North and the Government of Cyprus?

Secondly, if by some miracle after many years the talks make progress, are we standing ready to offer every possible assistance as regards the legal, administrative and restitution issues and the meetings of vast complexity which will arise if reunification at last begins to move ahead?