Thank you for contacting me about Cyprus.

It is my view that it is important that we put 45 years of great difficulty behind us. 

I know that the UK Government strongly supports a just and lasting settlement of the Cyprus issue, based on the internationally accepted model of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation.

I think that the UK has had an important role to play in helping to bring the two sides together and I know that Ministers continue to encourage all sides to work towards a resumption of talks, and stand ready to discuss how the UK can support progress.

Due to diary commitments, I will, unfortunately, be unable to attend the parliamentary reception on 16 July, but I will continue to follow developments in relation to Cyprus closely and to support British efforts to encourage the resumption of talks. As a Government Whip, I cannot attend APPG meetings but I can and do talk to Ministers about constituents' concerns. 

Thank you for taking the time to contact me.

Craig Whittaker

June 2019