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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-12-30

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    Britain has said that it remains committed to a just, comprehensive and durable solution in Cyprus, adding that London has called on Ankara to support the UN process and to work towards a political settlement. A Foreign Office senior official, replying to a protest letter by the World Organisation for Young Overseas Cypriots, also said that partition in Cyprus is not an option for the UK and reiterated Londons wish to build and strengthen relations with Nicosia.

    We remain committed to supporting the UNs Good Offices mission in Cyprus and implementation of the 8 July Agreement to achieve a just, comprehensive and durable solution, the letter said, stressing that out long-standing and explicit policy of non-recognition of the so-called Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus remains. The protest letter was sent in response to a strategic partnership agreement Britain has signed with Turkey, which the Organisation says signals a shameful shift in British foreign policy towards Cyprus with a view to upgrade the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime in Turkish occupied Cyprus.

    Nothing in the Strategic Partnership document should be interpreted as an attempt to change the status of northern Cyprus or promote partition, the Foreign Office said in its reply letter, pointing out that only a comprehensive settlement can guarantee justice for the people of Cyprus. Equally the division of the island damages the interests of all those with a stake in the regions peace and prosperity. As such, for the UK, partition is not an option, the letter adds.

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