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Turkey: Travel Restrictions

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Turkish Government on its prohibition of the proposed visit of the Archbishop of Cyprus to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul; and if he will make a statement. (180049)

Our high commission in Nicosia is in regular contact with the Archbishop of Cyprus and we are not aware of a proposed visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul. We would urge against prohibitions from being placed on travel for any religious reason.

More generally, we continue to urge Turkey in regular bilateral discussions to take positive steps on issues surrounding freedom of religion and belief, and we monitor their progress towards full and consistent alignment with EU standards.