HC Deb 20 May 1981 vol 5 c98W
Mr. Jim Spicer

asked the Lord Privy Seal what arrangements have been made to ensure that the Turkish-Cypriot community is represented, informed and consulted in any discussions which may be held by Her Majesty's Government with the Government of the Republic of Cyprus relating to sovereign base areas.

Sir Ian Gilmour

Informal discussions of the aid claim began between officials in London on 15 May. The discussins did not relate to the sovereign base areas. The Government have official dealings only with the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, but informal contacts with representatives of the Turkish Cypriot community offer ample opportunity to exchange information and views. The Government have consistently maintained that any British assistance to Cyprus should benefit both communities.

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