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British Response to Turkish Annexation Threats
2001-12-12 15:07:05

Question by Mr.Tom Cox, Member of the British House of Commons, addressed to the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Written Reply of Mr. Peter Hain, Minister of State for European Union Affairs, November 22, 2001

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Turkish Government regarding recent statements by the Turkish Prime Minister relating to the occupied area of northern Cyprus and EU admission.

Peter Hain: The suggestion that Turkey might ?annex? north Cyprus in the event of Cyprus joining the EU before a settlement, is not new. While it is difficult to predict what Turkey might do if a divided island were to join the EU, we believe that the ?annexation? of northern Cyprus would severely compromise Turkey?s relations with the EU and contravene her obligations under the Treaty of Guarantee.

However, our aim continues to be a settlement before Cyprus joins the EU, though we stand by the Helsinki Council Conclusions that it is not a precondition for enlargement. To that end we urge all concerned to engage constructively in the current UN process.

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