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.
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.