UK Government reiterates support for Cyprus settlement within the UN parameters

The UK Government supports the UN-led process and advocates a solution in line with UN parameters based on the model of a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality, a Foreign Office minister said on Wednesday.

Europe Minister Graham Stuart, who has since moved to a different ministerial post under Prime Minister Liz Truss, was responding to parliamentary written question on the subject of the Cyprus issue.

Labour MP Zara’s Sultana had asked whether the Foreign Office had taken recent steps to help bring about a negotiated reunification of Cyprus on the basis of the bizonal, bicommunal federation set out in relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

Stuart said that he met the Cypriot Foreign Minister in July “and set out our determination to find a just and lasting settlement for the island of Cyprus”.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results.

Source: Cyprus News Agency