Presidential Commissioner holds talks with British Members of Parliament

Presidential Commissioner Fotis Fotiou attended on Wednesday a working lunch with British MPs-members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cyprus at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

Fotiou discussed the latest developments of the Cyprus issue and briefed the MPs on President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades meetings with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and the UNSG special envoy for Cyprus Jane Hall Lute. He also discussed the key issues that are still pending.

The Presidential Commissioner gave particular emphasis to the humanitarian issue of the missing persons and exchanged ideas with the British parliamentarians on how they and the UK government can help in that regard by encouraging Turkey to open its military archives.

There was also special mention of the enclaved people in Rizokarpaso and Kormakitis. Fotiou explained that the enclaved persons are denied basic human rights.

During the meeting, they also discussed about renewal of UNFICYP’s mandate and the support needed, as well as the trilateral cooperation initiatives of the Republic of Cyprus with other countries and their importance for peace and stability in the region.

British MPs present at the lunch were the Chairman of the APPG Sir Roger Gale, Bambos Charalambous, Joan Ryan, Catherine West, Roger Godsiff, Sheryll Murray, Dan Carden, Fabian Hamilton, Mike Freer, Mike Gapes and Bob Blackman.

Fotiou also held a meeting with the President of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK Christos Karaolis. They discussed issues relating to the Cypriot community in the UK, the Federation and the process of awarding the Cypriot citizenship to members of the diaspora.

Source: Cyprus News Agency