HC Deb 28 October 2003 vol 412 c192W
Angus Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 16 October 2003,Official Report, column 336W, on Cyprus, what concerns over the Cyprus settlement negotiations were raised during the most recent EU Working Group on south-east Europe; what decisions were taken to address these concerns; and if he will make a statement. [134428]

Mr. MacShane

Member states agreed at the 8 October Working Group that the EU should continue to do all in its power to bring about the conditions necessary for a resumption of talks on the basis of the UN Secretary-General's comprehensive proposals. We continue to share the Secretary-General's judgment about what those conditions are, including the clear demonstration of sufficient political commitment by the parties concerned. The EU has already made a key contribution to the settlement process by signalling its willingness to accommodate the terms of a Cyprus settlement arrived at under UN auspices.