Cyprus Talks – question answered in UK parliament

Fevzi of Embargoed! sent an email showing that the Lib-Tory Alliance’s Minister of State (Europe & NATO) has swung into action and set out the department’s objectives for the outcome of the Cyprus Talks:

David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate, Conservative):

Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress in talks between the leaders of the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots on Cyprus; what his Department’s objectives are for the outcome of those talks; and if he will make a statement.  (Citation: HC Deb, 21 June 2010, c36W)

David Lidington (Minister of State (Europe and NATO), Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Aylesbury, Conservative):

Answer: This is a UN-led process, by Cypriots for Cypriots, aimed at reaching an agreed settlement to the Cyprus problem for the benefit of all those on the island. The reunification of Cyprus would be the best thing for both communities, and the Government will do all they can to support the leaders as they work towards this. We welcome the resumption of negotiations in Cyprus under the agreed UN parameters and urge both leaders to work together to achieve a comprehensive settlement, based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality. The two leaders are currently discussing the issue of property and regular meetings are scheduled throughout June and July.

Looks like the UK government’s Cyprus Talk objectives are to “support,” “welcome” and “urge.” This, I believe, is why the UK lead the world on the international stage.


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