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British government committed to end Turkish Cypriots' ''isolation''
2005-02-03 17:04:10

by Kyriakos Tsioupras

London, Feb 3 (CNA) The British Government is committed to end the so called isolation of the Turkish Cypriots, British Minister Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean has said.

Answering a question tabled by Lord Maginnis of Drumglass at the House of Lords, Baroness Symons added that the British government supports the EU regulations for financial support of the T/C as well as the direct trade regulation as well as the Commission's proposals to ament the Greek Line Regulation to increase intra-island trade.

With regard to travel, she said that under UK immigration rules, Turkish Cypriots travelling on passports issued by the Republic of Cyprus have the same right of freedom and freedom to work in the UK as any other EU national.

''However, as the UK does not recognise the 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus', those travelling on documents issued by the authorities in the north are subject to immigration control,'' she said.

''In the field of education, only Turkish Cypriots with Republic of Cyprus passports are eligible for EU fees at UK universities'', she added.

Meanwhile British Minister for Europe Dennis MacShane answering a question tabled at the House of Commons by MP Andrew Dismore, as regards a court case involving a British couple's house build on Greek Cypriot land in the Turkish occupied northern part of Cyprus he said the British Government strongly advises potential purchasers of property to seek independent qualified legal advice.

''We also explain that the non-recognition of the 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' and the possibility of a future political settlement in Cyprus could have significant practical or financial implications for those considering buying property in the north'', he concluded.

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