Cyprus: Land Mines

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 28 November 2023.

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Photo of Sammy Wilson Sammy Wilson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Treasury), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Brexit)

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the proposal made on 8 July 2022 by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on cooperation to de-mine that island.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

In accordance with the rest of the international community, with the sole exception of Turkey, the UK does not recognise the self-declared "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" as an independent state. In line with UN Security Council calls, the UK continues to urge the leaders of both communities to agree a plan to achieve a mine-free Cyprus and overcome existing barriers to this work. We continue to believe that a just and lasting settlement is the best chance of resolving this issue and our commitment to support this through the UN-led process remains unwavering.

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