§ Lord Hylton
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether the European Union funds for the "Partnership for the Future" programme are available to meet Turkish costs incurred in the removal of still hazardous mines in Cyprus. [HL195]
§ Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean
The Republic of Cyprus began de-mining activities on 18 November. These are funded by the European Union through its "Partnership for the Future" programme at an estimated cost of £2.5 million euros.
We welcome a statement made by Mr Talat, elected leader of the Turkish Cypriot Community, on 18 November in which he said that the Turkish Cypriots would sign an agreement with the United Nations soon which would allow them to begin mine clearing operations. The European Commission's approach is based on even-handedness and future funding would be available through the "Partnership for the Future" programme on completion of the agreement.