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Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take fresh action through the United Nations to resolve the problem caused by the presence of Turkish troops in Cyprus.

The United Nations secretary-general has recently repeated his proposal that the United Nations force in Cyprus—UNFICYP—should verify the size of military forces on each side. We believe this would be a valuable confidence-building measure and urge both sides to accept. Meanwhile, we continue to press the Turkish Government to reduce the numbers of their troops in Cyprus.