British Government supports the continuation of the Cyprus settlement talks

British Government supports the continuation of the Cyprus settlement talks

The British Government has reiterated its support for the continuation of the Cyprus issue settlement talks and its hope for a successful conclusion, in spite of the Mont Pelerin meeting between the leaderships of the two Cypriot communities breaking on Monday night without a deal on the territorial adjustments criteria.

In response to a Cyprus News Agency question, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said that “the UK fully supports the current settlement process and stands ready to help in any way it can in order to bring lasting peace to Cyprus.”

At the same time, during a foreign policy debate in the House of Commons, Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan commented that it would be an “exaggeration” to say that the talks have totally broken down. “They have stalled for the moment and we are giving every possible support we can to the talks continuing, in the hope that they can still reach a successful conclusion for the reunification of the island,” added Sir Alan, responding to a question by the Conservative MP Martin Vickers.

During a joint Conservative Friends of Cyprus and Conservative Friends of Israel event in the UK Parliament on Tuesday afternoon, Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood commented that “absolutely the UK and the international community would like to see a long term solution in Cyprus because it would be in the benefit of everyone.”

At the same event, the President of the Conservative Friends of Cyprus Theresa Villiers said she agreed with the UK Government’s assessment that there has been a setback in the settlement talks but that this is not the end. She also expressed optimism for a successful conclusion, noting that the Cyprus people’s desire has been so strong that it provides a boost for the leaders.