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Cyprus

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 5 November 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Greek Cypriot Government about mobile telephones and internet services across the Green Line between the southern and northern sections of Cyprus. [HL5911]

The Government continue to discuss this issue and other possible confidence-building measures with both communities. The separate telecommunications systems that exist on either side of the Green Line inhibit cost-effective communication between north and south. The Government would welcome any initiatives that would enhance communication between the two communities.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the population of southern Cyprus constituted by (a) Greek Cypriots, and (b) Greek settlers. [HL5913]

The Government have not assessed the population of the south of Cyprus. However, according to the most recent Republic of Cyprus census, undertaken in 2001, 618,455 Greek Cypriots and 17,459 Greek nationals lived in southern Cyprus. The census can be found on the internet at the website address below:

http://www.pio.gov.cy/mof/cystat/statistics.nsf/All/805CB6E0CF012914C2257122003F3A84/$file/MAIN%20RESULTS-EN.xls?OpenElement.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots crossing the Green Line in Cyprus each month. [HL5914]

The Government have not assessed this information. However, according to figures provided by the Republic of Cyprus and published in the European Commission's Green Line report at http://ec.europa. eu/enlargement/pdf/turkish_cypriot_community/glr_ report_en.pdf, 730,310 Greek Cypriots crossed from the south to the north of Cyprus and 1,287,126 Turkish Cypriots crossed from the north to the south of Cyprus during the period 1 May 2008 to 30 April 2009.

The same source reports that a further 739,097 non-Cypriot EU citizens and third-country nationals crossed the line during this period. These figures do not include border crossings within the UK's sovereign base areas, for which data are not collected.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value of cross-Green Line trade from (a) Northern Cyprus into Greek Cypriot southern Cyprus, and (b) southern Cyprus into Turkish Cypriot Northern Cyprus. [HL5915]

The Government do not collect any information on the volume or value of cross-Green Line trade in Cyprus. However, according to figures provided by the Republic of Cyprus and published in the European Commission's Green Line report, the total value of goods that crossed the Green Line was €6,111,030 from 1 May 2008 to 30 April 2009, compared to €4,473,408 for the previous reporting period.

http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/pdf/turkish _cypriot_community/glr_report_en.pdf.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will maintain their commitment under the Treaty of Guarantee for Cyprus following the conclusions of the settlement talks by the two Cypriot community leaders. [HL5916]

The Government will be happy to discuss this issue at the appropriate stage of the negotiations. We are confident that our position will not be an obstacle to a solution.