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Cyprus

Volume 715: debated on Tuesday 1 December 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent opinion poll in Cyprus showing that 60 per cent of Greek Cypriots and 77.9 per cent of Turkish Cypriots favour a two-state solution for Cyprus; and whether the results of that opinion poll will alter the United Kingdom's stance towards the unification of Cyprus. [HL38]

This opinion poll does not affect the UK's policy on Cyprus. The UK continues to believe that the ongoing settlement negotiations represent a unique opportunity to solve the Cyprus problem and will continue to support the two leaders' commitment to finding an acceptable solution based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, with political equality.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, as one of the three guarantor powers, they have made of the 45-year functioning or lack of functioning of the constitution agreed between the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots in 1960, and of the ongoing process of seeking to impose unification upon the island. [HL39]

The UK has made no assessment of the functioning of the 1960 constitution of the Republic of Cyprus. The UK continues to believe that the ongoing settlement negotiations represent a unique opportunity to solve the Cyprus problem. We welcome progress made so far and will continue to support the two leaders' commitment to finding an acceptable solution based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, with political equality.