The “Foreign Minister” Dominique Raab described the model of a bi-zonal bi-communal federation for a solution to the Cyprus problem as a “starting point”, speaking of the need for flexibility and pragmatism.
Responding to a question in the House of Commons from Labor MP Pambo Charalambous, who asked Mr Raab to reaffirm the UK's commitment to a bi-zonal bi-communal federation as the only basis for a political settlement in the face of the informal five-party bloc.
The British Minister initially said that he had recently visited Cyprus, where he had talks with the President of the Republic and the Turkish Cypriot leader, to note that “of course (the bi-zonal bi-communal federation) is the starting point”.
He added that “the most important thing to do now is for both sides to go to these 5 plus UN talks unconditionally, so that we can re-engage in the kind of flexibility and pragmatism that one with lasting and lasting peace for all of Cyprus. “
In a written response to a question from Conservative MP Mark Pritchard about British policy on the Cyprus issue and support for Security Council Resolutions 550 and 789 last Friday, Undersecretary of State Wendy Morton reiterated her support for a , “Based on existing parameters as set out in the relevant Security Council Resolutions, including 550 (1984) and 789 (1992)”, but this time omitting the usual explicit reference to the “internationally accepted model of a bi-zonal bi-communal federation”.
Nevertheless, two British government sources in the KYPE confirmed after Raab's response that the UK's position remains a strong supporter of a comprehensive, just and lasting Cyprus solution, based on the internationally accepted bi-zonal bipartisan model.
It is noted that only on February 12, Deputy Foreign Minister Lord Ahmad had given the same assurance when asked by Conservative Lord Balf about the forthcoming informal pentagon.