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Cyprus: Mayors

Volume 693: debated on Monday 9 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Europe, Mr Geoff Hoon, on 23 May (1314W), whether the only mayor democratically elected by the people who live in Famagusta is Mr Oktay Kayalp, a Turkish-Cypriot.[HL4486]

The UK maintains its policy of non-recognition of the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”. However, we do engage with a range of Turkish Cypriots in their capacity as representatives of the Turkish Cypriot community. It is in this capacity that we maintain contacts with Mr Oktay Kayalp, who shares the UK’s support for a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation. We also maintain contacts with those Greek Cypriot mayors of cities in Northern Cyprus who are elected by their displaced former residents in absentia.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have taken steps to recognise Mr Oktay Kayalp and Mr Sumer Aygin as the democratically elected mayors of Famagusta and Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus.[HL4487]

The UK maintains its policy of non-recognition of the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”. However, we do engage with a range of Turkish Cypriots in their capacity as representatives of the Turkish Cypriot community. It is in this capacity that we maintain contacts with Mr Oktay Kayalp and Mr Sumer Aygin, who share the UK's support for a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation.