Press release

Foreign Office welcomes renewed Cyprus settlement talks

Talks aimed at reuniting Cyprus resumed on 15 May, with a meeting of the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.

Minister for Europe David Lidington said:

I warmly welcome the resumption today of the Cyprus settlement talks, facilitated by the UN. It is important to build on the current momentum towards a comprehensive and lasting settlement.

The UK will continue to give its full support to the communities in their efforts towards that aim. We also reiterate our support for Espen Barth Eide, the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General.

Background

Talks aimed at reuniting Cyprus resumed on 15 May with a meeting of the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. This represents an opportunity to build on the Joint Declaration made by the leaders of the two communities in 2014. The talks are facilitated by Espen Barth Eide, the Special Adviser on Cyprus to the United Nations Secretary-General. The UK has consistently supported efforts to reunite the island.

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