House of Lords written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 12 March (WA 229), whether, given the current status of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in the European Union, they will consider the economic situation of Turkish Cypriots with a view to seeking an equitable solution to the division of the island since 1974.

Photo of Lord Malloch-Brown Lord Malloch-Brown Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Africa, Asia and the UN)

The fact that Turkish Cypriots are European citizens is just one of many reasons why the UK and the EU have sought to improve their economic well-being. This has been done by means of the aid regulation and by supporting their access to European markets on preferential terms. We want to put market forces at the service of a settlement, by integrating Turkish Cypriots into the economy of Europe, and promoting the economic integration of Cyprus. A recent conference held in Nicosia by the Peace Research Institute of Oslo found that each family in Cyprus would benefit by €5,500 per year (on average) if the island was reunified. This underlines the importance of all parties engaging with the efforts of the UN to achieve a comprehensive settlement of benefit to all Cypriots.

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Paul Peros
Posted on 16 Apr 2008 2:49 pm (Report this annotation)

It answers the question, but both the answer and the question lack any substance and this is only a reminder that the Government does not consider the reunification of Cyprus a particular priority.

It's nice to hope that market forces will drive a settlement, but Lord Malloch-Brown ought to know that what is needed is political hard graft and courage. The new Cypriot president may have enough leeway to do this, but on the strength of this lukewarm response it looks as if the British government is not going to bust a gut to support him. No change there.