The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1991Prime Minister (1990-1997)

Mr Major’s Joint Doorstep Interview with President Vassiliou – 21 October 1991

Below is the text of Mr Major’s joint doorstep interview with President Vassiliou of Cyprus, given in Harare on 21st October 1991.


We had an extremely useful and interesting meeting with Prime Minister, John Major. I had the opportunity to discuss with him the latest developments on the Cyprus issue, the latest Resolution by the Security Council and I also used the opportunity to express our thanks to him both for the support of the UK Government and of the Commonwealth in our efforts to have a solution as quick as possible and I would like to thank you once more for your understanding and your goodwill, Prime Minister.


Thank you President Vassiliou and I have had a number of meetings over the last year and we keep in close touch about the particularly intractable problem of Cyprus. We all want to see a solution, a satisfactory solution. We very strongly have supported the moves by the Secretary-General to that effect. We hope we are going to see an international conference. We hope we are going to see a settlement. It is our very clear view that that is in the interests of everyone who lives on the island of Cyprus. The sooner the better and I hope everyone will work to that end.