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Northern Cyprus: Christianity

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 33685, tabled on 23 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Turkish counterpart on freedom of Christian worship in the northern part of Cyprus.

Answered on

30 March 2020

On 3 March, the Foreign Secretary met Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu. The two Foreign Ministers discussed a wide range of bilateral and regional issues, including human rights. We have long encouraged Turkey to work towards the full protection of fundamental rights, particularly in the area of freedom of expression. We will continue to engage the Turkish government on these issues and to urge respect for Freedom of Religion or Belief. Defending persecuted Christians, and persecuted individuals of all faiths or beliefs wherever they are based, remains a long standing priority for the British Government.