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Cyprus

Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received from the high commissioner regarding the actions of Greek Cypriot women who recently crossed into the Turkish occupied area of Cyprus to express their opposition to the division still existing in the island of Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.

The High Commission has sent a full report on the demonstration that took place on 22 November. We understand that about 150 women, and some men, crossed the United Nations' buffer zone and reached the Turkish-Cypriot controlled area of Cyprus where they sat down and spent some hours, before being persuaded to return voluntarily by members of the United Nations' Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).