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UK supports talks, spokesman tells Morphou residents


The UK fully supports the ongoing efforts for a settlement of the Cyprus issue, British High Commission spokesman Michael Howes said on Monday, stressing that the talks were a Cypriot – led process.

In statements to the Cyprus News Agency, after he received a delegation from Morphou, headed by Mayor Charalambos Pittas, Howes said that during the meeting with the delegation he heard ther views on the settlement process and took the opportunity to reiterate London`s full support towards a settlement.
He also said that Britain supported the courageous efforts of the leaders of the two communities, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, who are engaged in a new effort since May 2015.

Howes also invited all parties involved to support the talks.
During the meeting, the Morphou Mayor handed over a resolution for the British Prime Minister and asked for more pressure to be exerted on Ankara so that it contributed actively to the efforts for a solution.

August 16 marks the 41st anniversary since the city and the area of Morphou was occupied by advancing Turkish troops following the July 20 invasion.
Pittas also said it was a shame that the international community and the European Union accepted the continuation of the Turkish occupation. Cyprus was an EU member state and Turkey aspired to become one, he said.

Britain, he went on to say, being an EU member state but also as Cyprus` guarantor power, had the responsibility to work harder for the achievement of a solution.
Speaking also at the meeting, former mayor of Morphou and former Cypriot Member of the European Parliament, Antigoni Papadopoulou, said that the Cyprus problem was not a bicommunal issue but an international one.
Referring to the ongoing Cyprus talks, Papadopoulou said that if the outcome is a just and viable solution, which respected human rights, then the people of Morphou would vote in favor of it.

The Morphou delegation visited the embassies of the five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council  – Britain, the US, China, France and Russia – to hand over protest letters. They also visited EU House to hand in a resolution. (CNA)

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