Press release

British Foreign Secretary on first official visit to Cyprus

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to visit Cyprus for talks with President, government, and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community

Boris Johnson

The Foreign Secretary will visit Cyprus on 30 November to demonstrate the UK’s support for the Cypriot-led settlement talks. During the visit the Foreign Secretary will meet President Anastasiades, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. He will also meet UN representatives and British UN peacekeepers working in the buffer zone.

Speaking ahead of the visit Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:

The UK has a strong and important relationship with Cyprus, one that I believe will only go from strength to strength in years to come. This is a significant time in the settlement negotiations and I look forward to meeting with both leaders.

I welcome the progress made in the negotiations in recent months. I applaud the dedication of both negotiating teams, and the continued determination, and courageous leadership from President Anastasiades and Mr Akıncı. With further flexibility and creativity by all sides involved, we believe a solution is within reach.

The UK fully supports the current settlement process and stands ready to help in any way it can in order to bring lasting peace to Cyprus.

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Published 29 November 2016