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APPENDIX F

Statement issued from the Commonwealth Relations Office on the

20th of January, 1960

CYPRIOT LEADERS MEET COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY

DISCUSSION ON FUTURE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE

COMMONWEALTH

Archbishop Makarios and Dr. Kutchuk called again on the Commonwealth Secretary, Lord Home, this morning. A further discussion took place on the continuing links which the new Republic of Cyprus might have with the Commonwealth after Independence.

It was agreed that the question of Cyprus's future association with the Commonwealth must be left for consideration by the Cypriot House of Representatives meeting after Independence.

Archbishop Makarios and Dr. Kutchuk requested that the United Kingdom Bill providing for the Independence of Cyprus should be prepared in a form which would make this possible and that it should also provide for Cyprus in the meantime to continue to be treated under United Kingdom law in the same way as the independent countries of the Commonwealth.

The Secretary of State explained that if the Government of the Republic of Cyprus should transmit an application to Her Majesty's Government for Membership of the Commonwealth, this would be a matter for decision not by the United Kingdom Government alone but by all the existing Member

Governments of the Commonwealth.

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