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Northern Cyprus: Property

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place between his Department and property estate agents in the United Kingdom who offer properties in northern Cyprus for sale to British citizens on the advice to be offered to prospective purchasers. (156203)

The Government have no locus to intervene with estate agents in the UK offering properties for sale in northern Cyprus. As such, no discussions have taken place. Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel advice remains the most appropriate and effective way for the Government to warn British citizens of the potential risks involved.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have taken place with officials of the Turkish Cypriot Administration in northern Cyprus on the extent of private housing development taking place in northern Cyprus; and when such discussions last took place. (156205)

Our High Commission in Nicosia regularly raises the issue of property development with the Turkish Cypriot leadership, most recently in September 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports have been received from the British High Commissioner for Cyprus on the extent of private housing development taking place in northern Cyprus. (156206)

Our High Commission in Nicosia reports regularly on the general scale and location of property development in northern Cyprus, as well as on other specific issues such as electrification of the Karpas region.