House of Lords written question – answered on 9th July 2014.

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Photo of Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Independent Ulster Unionist

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to reports in the Cypriot media that the President of the Republic of Cyprus or his Foreign Minister have rebuked countries whose ambassadors have consulted with the TRNC’s Foreign Minister Ozdil Nami, whether this has included the United Kingdom's High Commissioner; and, if so, whether they have issued or intend to issue any reprimand.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

On 1 July 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus circulated, to all accredited diplomatic missions including the British High Commission, a Note Verbale concerning meetings and contacts with the Turkish Cypriot community. We have not issued, and do not intend to issue, any formal response.

We consider it important to maintain a range of contacts across both Cypriot communities, particularly in the context of renewed efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement. The UK’s good relations and long-standing contacts with the Turkish Cypriot community are maintained in a way which is consistent with our policy on recognition, and in full support of the goal of reunification.

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