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Volume 927: debated on Monday 7 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has now been made towards obtaining compensation for United Kingdom citizens for injury, loss and damage caused by the Turkish invasion of Cyprus; and what is his estimate of the sums involved.

Negotiations with the Turkish Government about claims arising from the period of hostilities are progressing satisfactorily. I cannot yet say exactly how and when claimants may expect redress. The Turkish Cypriots have drafted regulations to set up a Claims Committee and we are urging that it begins work quickly. A realistic estimate of the total sum involved cannot be given because not all claimants have visited their properties to quantify their losses.