British MPs disappointed with Straw's remarks on Cyprus
by Kyriakos Tsioupras
London, Feb 10 (CNA) – British MPs Edward O’hara and Roger Gale have expressed disappointment with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw’s remarks on Cyprus at the House of Commons.
Speaking to London Greek Radio (LGR) Labour MP Edward O’hara said he was disappointed at the position taken by the British government at the moment, noting that the only encouraging thing he heard the Foreign Secretary say was that the government in no way recognises the illegal regime of the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus.
He also expressed concern about Straw’s meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat in his own office, at the so called presidential palace during his recent visit to Cyprus, noting that “we don’t feel happy about this implicit recognition”.
Conservative MP Roger Gale said “it is very deeply regrettable that what should have been an opportunity to make progress has turned into an opportunity wasted”.
“We were under the impression that the Foreign Secretary was carrying an olive branch with a view to try and get people together to make progress towards a real solution. It appears that far from doing that he has probably exacerbated an already bad situation”, he concluded.