HC Deb 01 March 1965 vol 707 cc900-1
17. Mr. Francis Noel-Baker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what instructions he has given to the United Kingdom representatives at the United Nations with regard to the forthcoming General Assembly debate and resolution on Cyprus.

Mr. M. Stewart

The adjournment of the General Assembly session until 1st September means that there is now no prospect of an early debate or resolution on Cyprus.

Mr. Noel-Baker

I was aware of that, but it does not answer the Question. I am also aware that, now that the Mediator is finalising his report and is in London, one has to treat this subject with great delicacy. But would not my right hon. Friend agree that a prolongation of existing tension in Cyprus would be very dangerous for all concerned and that the Mediator and everybody else in the position to do so should be given the maximum encouragement to find a permanent and final solution?

Mr. Stewart

I entirely agree that nobody wants to prolong the tension. The Mediator arrived in London yesterday, and I expect to hear his account of the progress which he has made.

Mr. Wall

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Government of Cyprus are deliberately taking unconstitutional action to destroy the livelihood of many Turkish Cypriots? Have we not some duty in this matter as one of the Powers guaranteeing the Constitution? Will he make representations to the Mediator on these matters on his arrival in this country?

Mr. Stewart

I recently made representations to both the Greek and Turkish Ambassadors about the importance of nothing being done which would make a solution more difficult.