Thank you for contacting me about Cyprus.
I understand your concerns. After 46 years, the events of 1974 continue to cast a long shadow over Cyprus. The best way to address these issues is through a just and lasting settlement on the island, and the UK’s commitment to a deal on Cyprus remains unwavering.
I know that the UK Government strongly supports a comprehensive and just Cyprus settlement based on the internationally accepted model of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation. The UK regularly engages with the parties to the settlement talks at all levels, and continues to encourage all parties to engage constructively in talks and demonstrate they are committed to making progress.
It is for the sides to agree on the details of any final settlement deal which will require the agreement of the two leaders, the support of Greece and Turkey and, importantly, successful referenda in each community. On Security and Guarantees, the UK has always made clear that we are open to whatever arrangements the two sides and other guarantor powers can agree to meet the security needs of the two Cypriot communities.
The Foreign Secretary attended talks at the UN in Geneva on 27 April aimed at restarting formal negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem. Although common ground did not emerge for this to occur at the close of the talks, I welcome that both sides committed to meeting again soon. I am assured that the UK, as a guarantor power, will continue to do all it can to facilitate renewed and comprehensive negotiations, and I will continue to follow related developments closely.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Sally-Ann Hart MP