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Britain honoured obligations in 1974, says FCO spokesman
2005-01-12 13:19:40

by Kyriacos Tsioupras

London, Jan 12 (CNA) --A British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokesman has told CNA that in 1974, when Turkish troops invaded Cyprus, ''the United Kingdom did its best to honour its obligations from the Treaties'' of 1960 that established the Republic of Cyprus.

The Spokesman was commenting on confidential papers of the British Government relating to 1974, according to which Britain promised Turkey that the British side would not put any obstacles to what it was planning to do, in effect encouraging it to invade Cyprus.

''The documents speak for themselves. Let the historians draw their own conclusions'', the spokesman noted.

''A careful reading of the documents will show that the United Kingdom did its best to honour its obligations from the Treaties'', he concluded.

According to the 1960 Treaties, Britain is one of three guarantor powers (the other two being Turkey and Greece) of Cyprus' independence, constitutional order, security and territorial integrity.

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