Cyprus

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 10th March 2015.

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Photo of David Burrowes David Burrowes Conservative, Enfield, Southgate

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the return of Famagusta in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions 550(1984) and 789(1992).

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

I understand the strength of feeling about Varosha, the present state of which reflects the consequences of the continued division of Cyprus.

We fully support all relevant Security Council resolutions, including Resolutions 550 and 789. We have raised this issue with the Turkish Cypriots and with the Turkish authorities. I remain convinced that, ultimately, a comprehensive settlement is the best chance of resolving these complex issues. The UK will continue to support the UN-led negotiations which will address the questions of Varosha, Famagusta and other issues related to a comprehensive settlement.

We also welcome measures to build confidence between the two communities. These can have great value in fostering reconciliation between the communities and in facilitating a comprehensive settlement. I was very pleased that on 2 March the Foreign and Commonwealth Office hosted a meeting at which the Chambers of Commerce of both Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities were represented by their Presidents, both of whom spoke eloquently about the way in which a settlement would increase the prosperity of everyone on the island.

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