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Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will insist upon the withdrawal of all the armed Turkish force in Cyprus before agreeing to provide military assistance to the Turkish Government; and if he will make a statement.

No. The way to secure the withdrawal of Turkish forces is through a Cyprus settlement. British aid to Turkey is predominantly for civil purposes. Any military assistance is given in the NATO context.