Lord Ken’s “Cyprus is Greek” House of Lords question

lordsQuestion asked by Lord Maginnis of Drumglass in the House of Lords:

“To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, as a guarantor power, of the approach of Greek-Cypriots to the Cyprus talks process; whether they draw any conclusions from the display of flags by Greek-Cypriots, such as the display of Greek flags and a “Cyprus is Greek” banner at the Apoel Nicosia v Chelsea Champions League match on 30 September; and what assessment they have made of any indications that the “Akritas” and “Iphestos 1974” plans still define the Greek-Cypriot political ethos.” [HL5519]

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead)

The Government’s assessment is that the two leaders have shown a strong commitment to the Cyprus talks process. We welcome their recent decision to meet more regularly and urge both leaders to intensify their efforts to ensure this unique opportunity is not missed.

We have not drawn any conclusions from the display of flags and banners at the Champions League match on 30 September 2009 in Cyprus. This is a matter for Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). We understand from UEFA that they will instigate disciplinary proceedings against the Cypriot club for “manifestations of a non-sporting nature”.

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