Minister for Europe Statement on Cyprus

Minister for Europe Statement on Cyprus

On 7th January, our Parliamentary Chairman Matthew Offord MP asked this question to the Foreign Office:

“To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to support a solution to the division on the island of Cyprus.

“The Minister for Europe, the Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP replied as follows:

“The United Kingdom is a strong supporter of a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement to reunite Cyprus, based on the internationally accepted model of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality for all. I visited Cyprus on 4 October to encourage progress towards an enduring solution. We will continue this regular dialogue. We call on all parties to engage constructively in talks about a settlement and demonstrate they are committed to making progress.

The United Kingdom believes a reunited Cyprus would unlock significant economic benefits through increased opportunities for trade, investment and tourism, and open up the possibility of new energy and economic partnerships in the region. This will benefit everyone on the island of Cyprus. A settlement would bolster the island’s security and help to advance regional stability.”