Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Labour, Leeds North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage a settlement on Cyprus.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the House on 9 November 2010, Hansard, column 128, namely that at both ministerial and official level, we are urging the leader of the Greek Cypriot community, President Christofias, and of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mr Eroglu, to demonstrate leadership, flexibility and willingness to compromise in the interests of everybody living on the island of Cyprus. We welcome the decision by both leaders to attend the meeting with Ban Ki-moon on 18 November. We remain in very close contact not just with the Governments of Cyprus and of Turkey, but with Mr Downer, the UN special envoy, and we will lend whatever support we are able to in the hope of bringing the negotiations to a successful conclusion.

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