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Cyprus: Green Line

Volume 688: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have made an assessment of Greek Cypriot proposals to establish checkpoints at the green line crossing points; and whether they will make representations on the matter either directly or through the European Union. [HL1117]

Cyprus Government checkpoints already exist at all crossing points on the green line. The Republic of Cyprus has EU rights and obligations in this matter, reflected in a regulation adopted at the time of accession, as well as national law. However, we recognise that the green line regulation is still very limited in scope and that there are a number of obstacles which hinder trade across the green line. We continue to encourage both sides to lift all restrictions to allow for unhindered exchanges of goods, which we believe is in the interests of all Cypriots and all EU member states, and would promote reunification of the island.