British PM Sunak: We will continue to support a solution to the Cyprus problem
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that the UK will continue to support a settlement of the Cyprus problem and encourage the parties seeking a solution.
Fileleftheros newspaper reported that the "Famagusta Association of the United Kingdom" sent two separate letters to Sunak complaining about Turkey's continued violation of UN Security Council resolutions and the "illegal colonisation" of 38 percent of Cyprus' territory.
The newspaper noted that Sunak responded through Leo Docherty, Britain's Minister of State for Europe and North America, stating that Britain had played a leading role in achieving peace in Cyprus for 49 years and would not go back on the promises it had made with its signatures as a guarantor power in Cyprus.
According to the news, Sunak stated in his letter that the UK also pioneered the UN Security Council Resolution 353 and the continuation of the UN Peacekeeping Force (UNFICYP) mission in Cyprus.
Sunak stated that the UK does not recognise the northern part of the island as an independent state and that "the only legal state it recognises is the Republic of Cyprus", pointing out that an agreed final settlement is the best option for solving the problem in Cyprus.
In the news report, the letter of the "Famagusta Association of the United Kingdom" also included allegations that Turkey does not respect Christian churches, steals icons, spreads Islamic policies by converting churches and monasteries into mosques and plans to build a mosque in the Apostolos Andreas Monastery.