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British MPs stress need for resumption of Cyprus talks
2005-07-13 11:49:50

by Kyriakos Tsioupras

London, Jul 13 (CNA) -- British Labour and Conservative MPs have underlined the need of creating preconditions the soonest possible for the resumption of Cyprus talks that will bear fruit and that Britain must contribute towards this direction.

The MPs were speaking during a gathering last night at the British House of Commons organised by the Cyprus National Federation, as part of a series of events in London to condemn the July 1974 military coup engineered by the junta then ruling Greece against the legitime President of the Cyprus Republic Archbishop Makarios and the Turkish invasion and occupation of Cyprus's northern third.

The gathering, presided over by the Federation President Haris Sofoklides, was attended by nine MPs, two of whom were elected during the last elections and by Cyprus' High Commissioner in London Pertos Eftyhiou.

Participants also stressed that the forthcoming visit of Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos to London could lead to a positive change in the British policy towards Cyprus, and that in this framework Britain should exert pressure on Turkey.

Before the House of Commons gathering a demonstration about the missing persons in Cyprus was organised, with Greek Cypriots holding photographs of their beloved persons and pickets and distributing information leaflets.

Hundreds of Greek Cypriot were still missing since the July 1974 Turkish invasion of the island.

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