11. We received more than 260 written submissions
to our inquiry. This degree of public interest and involvement
in the work of the Foreign Affairs Committee is unprecedented,
certainly in the last ten years. As well as submissions from the
governments of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Cyprus and
from the administration of the 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus"
we received a number of useful contributions from academics, interest
groups and informed observers of the process. Those of us who
went to Cyprus in November 2004 also met many political, business
and community figures on both sides of the Green Line, including
President Papadopoulos, Mr Denktash and Mr Talat.
A full record of these meetings was made for the benefit of those
of us who were unable to participate.
We learnt a great deal from the written evidence and from the
discussions held during the visit.
12. In Westminster, we heard oral evidence from the
Minister for Europe, Dr Denis MacShane; Mr Pierre Mirel, Director,
Enlargement Directorate, European Commission; Lord Hannay, former
United Kingdom Special Representative to Cyprus; Mr Özdem
Sanberk, former Turkish Ambassador to the United Kingdom; Mr Philippos
Savvides, Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European
and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP); and Dr Christopher Brewin, Senior
Lecturer in International Relations at Keele University. We were
also fortunate to be able to hold private discussions in London
with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and with Sir Kieran Prendergast,
the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. We decided
at the outset of our inquiry not to hear oral evidence from representatives
of the Greek Cypriot or Turkish Cypriot administrations or from
the two communities' expatriate groups in London. Our deliberations
were well-informed by the extensive written evidence received
from all these.
13. The bulk of the written evidence to our inquiry
(210 out of over 260 submissions) came from private individuals,
the great majority of whom, we judge, fall broadly into three
groups: Greek Cypriots, or those of Greek Cypriot origin; Turkish
Cypriots, or those of Turkish Cypriot origin; and Britons who
live or own property in Cyprus. We are grateful to all those who
took the trouble to write to us with their views. All submissions
received were read, circulated to the Committee and evaluated
as we compiled our Report. For reasons of space and because of
the very similar terms in which many of the submissions received
from private individuals were expressed, we have decided not to
publish a large number of them. However, those which we have not
published are listed on page 86 of this Report and have been deposited
in the Records Office of Parliament, where they may be consulted.
14. Finally, we have made some use of published sources
in preparing our Report. Most notably, these include the Annan
Plan itself; the
Secretary-General's Report to the Security Council on his mission
of good offices;
Lord Hannay's book, CyprusThe Search for a Solution,
published during our inquiry; and the 'Lordos study' of Greek
Cypriot public opinion, Can the Cyprus Problem be Solved?,
which was also published while our inquiry was under way.
Where these sources have been used, they are cited in the text.Cyprus
as it would look after the Annan Plan
(Source: The Annan Plan)