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Lidington: up to the parties when to discuss property issues

David Lidington

A comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue is the best way to address property issues, British Foreign Minister for European Affairs David Lidington said during a House of Commons Q&A on Wednesday.

The Foreign Office official reiterated in response to a written question from Labour MP George Howarth on what powers are available to the UN-facilitated settlement process “to intervene in respect of the confiscation of property owned by Turkish Cypriots in Vasiliko in order to facilitate oil and gas exploration.”
“Property issues will be discussed by representatives of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities during the relevant chapter in the UN facilitated negotiations,” Lidington responded.

“It will be for the parties to decide when these issues will be discussed as part of the settlement process, and to agree a solution,” he said.
The British minister also said the UK strongly supported the UN-facilitated process “which remains the best way to address the complex issues relating to the division of Cyprus, including issues of property ownership and access.” (CNA)

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