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Cyprus: Northern Cyprus

Volume 497: debated on Thursday 22 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) recent discussions he has had with (i) the government of Cyprus and (ii) the administration in northern Cyprus and (b) recent assessment he has made of implementation of confidence-building measures in Cyprus; and if he will make a statement. (293708)

The Government follow the Cyprus settlement question very closely and have frequent discussions both with the Government of Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot leadership on this topic. They support confidence building measures as an important means of developing trust between the two communities. A number of measures, for example on ambulance crossings and restoration of cultural heritage, have already been implemented. We hope to see further confidence building measures being implemented in the coming months.