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Northern Cyprus: Churches

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the condition of Greek Cypriot churches and cemeteries in northern Cyprus. (156201)

Pending reunification, preserving the cultural heritage of Cyprus, including churches and cemeteries in northern Cyprus, remains an issue of great importance. More can and should be done in this regard, and I sympathise with all those affected. The UN, and also the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, are aware of this issue and we support them in their efforts to address the problem. The process envisaged by the 8 July Agreement would provide a framework in which the issue of preserving cultural heritage could be discussed and addressed by the two communities.