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Cyprus

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make representations to Turkey and north Cyprus concerning the desecration of (a) Greek Cypriot cemeteries in Northern Cyprus and (b) the cemetery in Morphou considered part of the Turkish army base; and if she will make a statement. (96974)

We are aware of the desecration of Greek Cypriot cemeteries in northern Cyprus since 1974 and sympathise with all those affected by this unacceptable behaviour. The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe is seized of the issue, and we support them in their efforts. We encourage all parties to make progress towards the protection of these religious sites.