Conservative MPs urge Theresa May to express support for Cyprus talks resumption

Theresa May has been urged by five Conservative Party MPs with strong affiliation with Cyprus to use tomorrow’s meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades to express support for the resumption of talks between the two sides in Cyprus.

The President of the Republic of Cyprus will be received by the UK Prime Minister in Downing Street on Tuesday afternoon. He is visiting London to participate in this week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Theresa Villiers, Dr Matthew Offord, Sheryll Murray, Sir Roger Gale and Martin Vickers state that as MPs with a track record of campaigning for a settlement to reunite Cyprus, they thank the Prime Minister for the support given by the UK Government to recent negotiations that took place in Crans Montana.

They note that President Anastasiades has made it clear that he is prepared to resume negotiations an any time and they add:

It was a matter of grave disappointment that the Crans Montana process broke up without a settlement having been agreed. We believe that this should not be the end of the attempts to reach a just and lasting agreement to reunify Cyprus. It appears that the two sides were able to find common ground on a range of matters, with issues of security and guarantees providing the greatest barriers to a settlement.

The letter concludes by urging Prime Minister May to call for the resumption of talks between the President of Cyprus and the leader of the Turkish Cypriots with a view to securing a solution to deliver a free and united Cyprus.

Source: Cyprus News Agency