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Volume 705: debated on Tuesday 4 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When the Prime Minister or other Ministers last received the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Ministers of the TRNC or other elected representatives of the TRNC at Westminster; and when they next intend to do so under their obligation to Turkish Cypriots as a guarantor power under the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee. [HL5383]

The UK fully supports the settlement process launched by the two leaders in Cyprus, aimed at the establishment of a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality. In this context, the UK will continue to engage closely with both communities in Cyprus, and throughout the wider region, to support progress towards the reunification of Cyprus. The Minister for Europe met Mr Talat in Cyprus on 8 October and discussed progress towards the reunification of Cyprus. The former Minister for Europe met advisers to Mr Talat, leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, on 3 September in London. We look forward to further such contacts with both communities in support of a comprehensive Cyprus settlement.