HL Deb 21 February 2005 vol 669 cc149-50WA
Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 1 February (WA 29–30), what are the complex issues concerning direct flights to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which have, to date, been examined by government lawyers; and when they expect an outcome. [HL1127]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

The complex issues referred to result from the need to reconcile the rights and responsibilities of states under the international law of civil aviation with the unique situation in Cyprus. The Republic of Cyprus opposes direct flights to the northern part of the island. Our policy in this area is to help pave the way for reunification of the island, including by reducing the economic disparities between the two communities. We are unable to predict the timing of an outcome.