FAC PN 28 (03-04)

Foreign Affairs Committee

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW INQUIRY

Cyprus

The Foreign Affairs Committee has decided to conduct an inquiry into UK policy towards Cyprus, in the light of the recent referenda on the Annan Plan. The inquiry will examine a number of issues, including:

• whether the UK should continue to back the Annan Plan;
• the implications for the EU of the admission of a divided country;
• what role the UK should play in the continuing process of negotiations between the two communities on the island;
• implications of the Annan Plan's rejection for the northern part of the island;
• whether the British Government should seek to alter its relationship with the northern part of the island, and if so how; and
• implications for the EU's relationship with Turkey.

The Committee would greatly welcome written memoranda from interested parties to assist in its inquiry. These should be received by Tuesday 14 September 2004, either in hard copy to the above address or, preferably, by e-mail to [email protected], with a clear indication of the originator's name and address.

Details of any evidence sessions in this inquiry will be announced in the form of a further press release.

Membership of the Committee 

Rt Hon Donald Anderson (Swansea-East) Lab, Chairman
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh) Lib Dem
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East) Lab
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central) Lab
Rt Hon Andrew Mackay (Bracknell) Con
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock) Lab
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon) Con
Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton) Lab
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn) Lab
Rt Hon Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling) Con
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham Edgbaston) Lab

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