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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL2434, tabled on 27 October 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about its plans to conduct seismic surveys within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus from 20 October to 30 December this year; and what are the implications of the actions of that government for the United Kingdom's Treaty of Guarantee obligations to the Republic of Cyprus.

Answered on

10 November 2014

Our Ambassador in Ankara has conveyed UK concerns to Turkey about plans to conduct commercial seismic surveys in the Republic of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone. This ongoing dispute puts at risk UN-facilitated efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement. We and our partners will continue to urge the parties to reduce tensions, and we strongly support the resumption of settlement talks. The UK’s commitments under the Treaty of Guarantee are unchanged.