The leader of the British parliamentary delegation visiting Cyprus, Mr. Arthur Bottomley, has promised to?
The leader of the British parliamentary delegation visiting Cyprus, Mr. Arthur Bottomley, has promised to do everything possible to improve the "terrible conditions" in Cypriot refugee camps.
Mr. Bottomley's select committee of the British House of Commons is in Cyprus on a fact finding mission despite objections from Turkish Cypriots.
On Friday (12 September), the day after the delegation's arrival, the group visited the Stavros refugee camp on the outskirts of Nicosia. Mr. Bottomley made the pledge on behalf of the delegation after seeing the conditions in the camp and talking to refugees. Some carried banners blaming Britain for the Cyprus tragedy.
Mr. Osman Orek, vice-President of the self proclaimed Turkish Cypriot federated State, confirmed on Friday that the select committee would not be allowed to enter the Turkish controlled part of the island. He said in a statement that the British MP's visit amounted to an intervention in the internal affairs of another country as Cyprus was no longer a British colony.
During Friday, Turkish Cypriot Bayrak radio described one of the committee members, Mrs. Lena Jeger as "a well known philhellene renowned for her anti-Turkish activities".
Britain, with Greece and Turkey, is a guarantor of the independence of Cyprus under the treaty of establishment.