HC Deb 27 July 1967 vol 751 cc963-4
Q1. Mr. Winnick

asked the Prime Minister what recent consultations he has had with the President of Cyprus over matters of common concern.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Harold Wilson)

We are in constant touch with the Government of Cyprus, as with other Commonwealth Governments, on matters of common concern.

Mr. Winnick

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is some concern that the Greek military junta will try to stage a coup in Cyprus? Can he say whether the so-called Greek Government have been clearly warned not to interfere in the internal affairs of this Commonwealth country?

The Prime Minister

I have heard these rumours about an Enosis coup, but I am glad to say—as, no doubt, my hon. Friend is glad to know—that the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs has categorically and emphatically denied that there is any truth in these rumours.

Mr. Longden

Has the right hon. Gentleman noticed the recent statement of the Secretary-General recommending that the emergency force for which we and a few other nations pay, should remain in Cyprus for another six months and reminding the countries concerned that during all these years no effort has been made by the two communities concerned to resolve their problems by negotiation?

The Prime Minister

I agree that this is disappointing. In the circumstances, it is necessary to continue to contribute to the peace-keeping force; but it is disappointing that more progress is not being made.