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Cyprus

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign arid Commonwealth Affairs when he last met President Clerides of Cyprus; what subjects were discussed; when he next expects to meet him; and if he will make a statement.

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, together with the Prime Minister, last met President Clerides on 23 March. Discussion included the UN-sponsored inter-communal talks, the application of Cyprus to join the EC, and arrangements for Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting—CHOGM. The next confirmed meeting with President Clerides is at CHOGM in October, although an opportunity may arise sooner.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if it is the policy of Her Majesty's Government to encourage the British high commissioner to Cyprus to seek visits into the occupied northern area of Cyprus of British hon. Members who may be visiting the island; and if he will make a statement.

As a courtesy to visiting parliamentarians, our high commissioner in Nicosia offers to arrange appointments with members of either Cypriot community or both. It is our policy to maintain contacts with both communities.