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Cyprus

Volume 886: debated on Tuesday 11 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British subjects still live in the part of Cyprus under Turkish military occupation; and whether he is satisfied as regards their personal safety and the security of their possessions.

There are 194 British residents of United Kingdom origin remaining in the Turkish-held areas of Cyprus. Responsibility for their personal safety and the security of their possessions is a matter for the Turkish authorities, to whom we have made repeated representations on their behalf.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate has been made of the financial losses suffered by British subjects living in the part of Cyprus under Turkish occupation; and what steps he is taking to obtain compensation.

A realistic estimate of financial losses sustained by British subjects in Cyprus is not practicable while access to certain areas of the island continues to be prohibited by the Turkish military authorities.On steps to obtain compensation, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Louth (Mr. Brotherton) on 29th January and to my right hon. Friend's statement on Cyprus of 5th February.—[Vol. 885, c. 367–8; c. 1374–83.]