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Cyprus

Volume 401: debated on Thursday 20 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the communique issued by the UN Secretary-General on 11 March concerning the future of its plan to resolve the Cyprus issue. [103260]

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the reunification of Cyprus. [103100]

The British Government fully supports the decision of the UN Secretary-General, announced in his press statement of 11 March, to bring to a close the intensive phase of negotiations to secure a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus.We share Mr. Annan's sense of sadness that this opportunity to secure accession to the EU by a reunited island has been missed. Throughout the talks, the UN Secretary-General, his special adviser, Alvaro de Soto, and his team have negotiated skilfully and professionally. But Mr Denktash's refusal to put the UN proposals to a referendum in the north of Cyprus, and his rejection of the idea of implementing a work programme for the next two weeks, aimed at preparing for a referendum before Cyprus signs the Treaty of Accession with the European Union on 16 April, left Mr. Annan with no alternative to the decision he took.I have placed a copy of Mr Annan's statement in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he plans to have with President Papadopoulos of the Republic of Cyprus on restarting discussions towards future negotiations on Cyprus; [103273](2) what discussions he plans to have with the Government of Turkey on its future role in discussions regarding Cyprus. [103274]

The UN Secretary-General has said that he remains at the disposal of the parties in Cyprus, should they ask for UN support in re-starting the settlement negotiations on the basis of his proposals of 26 February. We fully support the UN Secretary-General in this approach, and we will be making this clear to all concerned.

Value: US$ 000s
January to June
199719981999200020012002
Total EU-15 Exports220,199542,165651,5321,038,5501,729,640849,855
France24,54685,30077,837129,042591,869212,556
Italy5,02737,58072,453242,276327,336148,373
Germany126,571244,468300,460361,895301,408203,872
Spain5,37414,05529,08557,28292,98337,832
Belgium37,33952,27988,36646,750
UK10,49242,09956,89977,17487,82527,846