Jack Straw calls for acceptance of Cyprus division

Jack Straw
Jack Straw
Published by: CYPRUS – FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE • Tuesday, 25 November, 2014


Britain’s former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has called on the international community to accept the division in Cyprus and insisted Turkey deserves full membership of the European Union.

In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Straw said the division between the government in Nicosia and the Turkish occupied areas should be accepted as a “reality”.

He said: “If it had been possible for there to be a happy, united island, well, that would be the best solution, with a bi-zonal, bi-communal constitution. But the majority of people living on the island in the Greek-Cypriot part don’t want to accept that.”

Straw explained: “I go back to the referendum that was held almost 10 years ago. I know quite a lot about what happened in the last set of negotiations and they have been frozen not because, in my view, of the fault of the Turkish Cypriots.”
“So my view is the international community should accept the reality that there is division and that you have partition. And then these two rather small nations would be able to develop their own relationship and I think it would be a cleaner system,” he added.

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