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CFCyprus hold first meeting with incoming British High Commissioner to Cyprus

CFCyprus hold first meeting with incoming British High Commissioner to Cyprus

The Conservative Friends of Cyprus met on Tuesday, 14 March with Mr Stephen Lillie CMG who is shortly set to take over command of the British diplomatic mission to Cyprus. The meeting was held at the Houses of Parliament and was attended by senior parliamentarians the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Matthew Offord MP, Martin Vickers MP and Sheryll Murray MP. The Chairman of the Conservative Friends of Cyprus, Jason Charalambous, congratulated Mr Lillie on his appointment as Britain’s next High Commissioner, and briefed him on the scope and activities of the group and its positive hopes and vision for the future of bilateral relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the United Kingdom, in particular once Britain leaves the EU. Mr Charalambous also outlined the role that the sizeable British Cypriot community can play. The parliamentarians present informed Mr Lillie of matters which they have raised in the House of Commons. The special historic relationship between the British and Cypriot people was highlighted and a discussion ensued on matters of common interest, such as trade and investment, education and culture, and matters of current importance. Mr Lillie expressed his pleasure in having the opportunity to meet with senior members of the group, and those present expressed their desire to see continued engagement in upcoming initiatives and future parliamentary visits to the island. Senior members of the CFCyprus team were also present including CFCyprus founder and former MP Dr Ian Twinn, President of the World Organisation for Overseas Cypriots, Andreas Papaevripides, and other members of the Executive Team including Doros Partasides and George Hadjipavlis. Mr Lillie is an experienced... read more
CFCyprus co-hosts Parliamentary Photographic Exhibition: the Shoreline of Cyprus

CFCyprus co-hosts Parliamentary Photographic Exhibition: the Shoreline of Cyprus

The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, CFCyprus President, Matthew Offord MP, CFCyprus Parliamentary Chairman, and Sir Roger Gale, Chairman of the APPG for Cyprus, co-hosted a launch in Parliament this week to mark the formal opening of the exhibition, Shoreline of Cyprus, consisting of photographs by the journalist and broadcaster, Doros Partasides. Speaking after conclusion of the launch, Theresa Villiers said “I am delighted to have been able to host this opening ceremony for the Shoreline of Cyprus Exhibition. These photos by my good friend Doros Partasides are stunning. They are some of the best he has ever produced and illustrate the great beauty of the Cyprus coast.” The Shoreline of Cyprus exhibition has run for a week in the House of Commons Upper Waiting Hall, with the launch event taking place on Tuesday evening. Theresa Villiers provided a foreword for the brochure for the exhibition which is as follows: “This exhibition showcases the photographs of my dear friend, Doros Partasides, and will take visitors on a journey around the coast of Cyprus, a nation which remains divided. My constituency and the borough of Barnet is home to one of the largest British Cypriot communities in the UK. For many years, I have been supporting efforts to find a negotiated solution to reunite the island. A distinguished photographer and cinematographer, I have known Doros for over 18 years and we have worked together on many projects to support a free and united Cyprus. When he was a cameraman at the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation in 1974, Doros covered the invasion of Turkey. His work highlighted the personal stories of those who... read more

OTHER NEWS

High Commission in Cyprus celebrates the Queen’s Birthday in 2017

High Commission in Cyprus celebrates the Queen’s Birthday in 2017

The British High Commission hosted its annual national day celebration – the Queen’s Birthday Party – on 20 June – an occasion to celebrate the breadth of UK-Cyprus bilateral relations. This year’s celebration saw the event take on a Harry Potter theme, celebrating one aspect of UK creativity which has reached worldwide renowned, given that June 2017 marks 20 years since the publication of the first Harry Potter book. Below is a summary of High Commissioner Matthew Kidd’s opening remarks at the event, in the presence of H.E. President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades and building on the Harry Potter theme. “I guess that I don’t need to explain the references. The car out front is not there for trade promotion, even though I saw that Phileleftheros the other week reproduced an advertisement for a Ford Anglia from the 1960s – when it cost C£620. Our servers are not all from the same school, nor have they all visited the same optician. Harry’s Bar is not a copy of Venice. But you will have seen through all that. It’s twenty years since the first Harry Potter book was published. The first eventually of seven volumes: a huge success, films, translations, merchandise. A generation of children, including my own, stimulated and enthused to read books. So what? You thought you were coming to a Queen’s Birthday Party, not a book promotion. So what’s the link? There are three (there always are). The first is determination. As she wrote that first book, JK Rowling was an unemployed single mother, short of money. She spent her days scribbling in the... read more
Cyprus’s Efforts to Protect Cultural Heritage – Meeting in Parliament with Crispin Blunt MP & Lord Renfrew

Cyprus’s Efforts to Protect Cultural Heritage – Meeting in Parliament with Crispin Blunt MP & Lord Renfrew

As part of Cyprus’s Chairmanship of the Council of Europe, the country’s Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides spoke at an event in Westminster on 16 March on ‘Strengthening international capacities for the protection of cultural property and for preventing the illicit trafficking of cultural goods.’ Hosted by the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Crispin Blunt MP, Mr Kasoulides was guest speaker, along with British archaeologist and Conservative peer Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn. The talk was part of the Minister’s Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Arranged by Cyprus High Commissioner Euripides Evriviades, the event took place in Portcullis House and was well attended by Ministers, members of the House of Lords and Heads of Mission. Following a surge on attacks against monuments of global historical and cultural significance, the event focused on the need to enhance international cooperation to tackle illicit trafficking of cultural goods. In Iraq and Syria, Daesh terrorists have systematically plundered the region’s cultural heritage, deliberately destroying important archaeological sites and profiting from the illicit trade of valuable excavated artefacts. Crispin Blunt described these acts as “damage to the cultural heritage of mankind.” Lord Renfew highlighted that the destruction of cultural heritage is not new, and something that the Greeks called “iconoclasm.” Governments around the globe have been discussing ways to mitigate this phenomena, and promote the protection of cultural property from armed conflict areas by ratifying the relevant 1954 Hague Convention. In March 2016, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided to prepare a new Convention on Offences Relating to Cultural Property. This convention will become the only international treaty... read more