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Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Greek and Turkish governments to encourage reconciliation in Cyprus following the Cypriot presidential election. (193082)

The new Government in Cyprus, and its declared aim of making rapid progress towards a negotiated settlement which reunifies the island, has inspired hope in both communities in Cyprus, and sympathetic interest worldwide. Our contacts with the Governments of Greece and Turkey confirm that they too wish to capitalise on this sense of hope. We will continue to urge all parties with an interest in Cyprus to support the efforts of the UN, and to seize the opportunities presented this year.