Statement issued from the Commonwealth Relations Office on the
20th of January, 1960
CYPRIOT LEADERS MEET COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY
DISCUSSION ON FUTURE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE
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
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.