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British peer causes upset over remarks on TRNC embargoes

23 January 2015

Comments made by British peer, Baroness Joyce Anelay, about lifting the isolation of the Turkish-Cypriot community, has sparked a strong reaction from South Cyprus House President Yiannakis Omirou.

Baroness Anelay responding to a written question in the House of Lords regarding the UK government position on lifting the embargoes on the Turkish Cypriots said that the UK was supportive of economic aid and freeing trade with the EU in order to develop the Turkish Cypriot economy. She went on to say that they supported the EU Direct Trade regulation as a way for the Turkish Cypriot community to reach the EU markets.

Omirou said it was “a highly provocative statement that cancels and negates both the status of Britain as a guarantor of the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus and is in clear violation of the Security Council resolutions 541 and 550”.

He went on to say that “strict complaints will be made by the High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus in London over this unacceptable statement and Britain’s stance, as well as from the Cypriot Foreign Ministry to the British High Commission.”

Britain, “unfortunately continues its subversive behaviour towards the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus, in blatant violation of its obligations as a guarantor of the Republic of Cyprus,” he added.

Source Greek Reporter-online

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