HC Deb 25 July 1966 vol 732 cc1213-4
58. Mr. G. Campbell

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government on the United Nations force in Cyprus, in view of the doubts officially expressed by the United Nations Secretariat about the effect of uncertain financial support on the continuance of the present force after 1966.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Mrs. Eirene White)

On 16th June Her Majesty's Government pledged a further 2 million dollars towards the cost of the United Nations Force in Cyprus for the period up to 26th December and we are continuing to provide, at our own expense, a contingent of over a thousand troops. Her Majesty's Government consider that the Force continues to play a vital role in preventing hostilities in Cyprus and hope that other contributor countries will respond generously to the Secretary-General's recent appeal for further financial support.

Mr. Campbell

Will the Government for their part make special efforts especially on the short-term problem of the U.N. Force and the long-term settlement in Cyprus in order to prevent disturbances of a serious kind breaking out again?

Mrs. White indicated assent.

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