David Burrowes, the Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate and Parliamentary Chairman of the Conservative Friends of Cyprus, has called on the UK Government to make a statement on the ongoing negotiations for the reunification of Cyprus.
On 8th September Mr Burrowes asked the new Leader of the House of Commons David Lidington to provide the statement, following the new Minister for Europe’s visit to Cyprus that week.
As Mr Burrowes noted, the visit by Sir Alan Duncan coincided with meetings between the Cypriot leaders and with President Anastasiades saying the “end of the road” has been reached and it is time to reunite Cyprus.
Mr Lidington said that there will be an opportunity to raise the issue at the next Foreign Office questions, advising Mr Burrowes that a conversation with Sir Alan is probably the best immediate way forward.
Being the longest-serving Minister for Europe under his previous governmental capacity and fully acquainted with the Cyprus issue himself, David Lidington also commented: “I think all of us across the Floor of the House want to see the day when Cyprus can be reunited and the Turkish and Greek Cypriot communities brought together again. That would be a really good day for the United Kingdom. “
David Burrowes has long supported the reunification of Cyprus and secured a debate on the matter last year seeking the House’s support for a comprehensive settlement and endorsement of the Declaration of the European Parliament on the return of Famagusta to its lawful inhabitants.