HC Deb 09 July 2003 vol 408 c813W
Bob Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the UN on promoting the re-opening of Nicosia airport; and if he will make this his policy. [R] [123412]

Mr. MacShane

None. This is an issue for the two sides to discuss within the context of the measures introduced in response to the partial lifting of the restrictions on freedom of movement. We welcome all efforts to improve relations between the two communities, which have demonstrated that Greek and Turkish Cypriots can live together peacefully. However, confidence building measures cannot be a substitute for a comprehensive settlement on the basis of the UN plan.