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PM welcomes agreement to restart negotiations to reunify Cyprus

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Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes today’s agreement to restart negotiations to reunify Cyprus.

Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed today’s agreement between President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, and leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Dr Dervis Eroglu, to restart negotiations to reunify Cyprus.

Their joint declaration covers the form of the future federation, and parameters for negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. The UK fully supports efforts to reach a just, lasting and comprehensive settlement.

The Prime Minister said:

Today’s agreement is an important step forward. It provides a real opportunity to secure a lasting and comprehensive settlement and I applaud President Anastasiades and Dr Eroglu for the courage they have shown by agreeing to restart talks.

Their continued pragmatism and willingness to find a solution will be vital in the months ahead to ensure that the reunification of Cyprus becomes a reality. We will continue to fully support all Cypriots in their shared aim of a unified and prosperous island.