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We are an organisation managed by volunteers that promotes the values and ideals of the Conservative Party across the UK and works to strengthen the bond between the Conservative Party and the Republic of Cyprus.

We host regular campaigning sessions supporting candidates in local and national elections; parliamentary delegations to Cyprus; political discussion forums on social and economic issues with leading Conservative politicians; and receptions open to supporters of CFCyprus.

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Annual CFCyprus Conference Reception with Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

Annual CFCyprus Conference Reception with Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

We are delighted to announce that our annual Conservative Party Conference reception will be held this year on Sunday 30th September at the Hyatt Regency in Birmingham. Guest speaker – the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Foreign Secretary. Other speakers to include our President the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Chairman Jason Charalambous, and the High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus HE Euripides L. Evriviades.   DETAILS: Date: Sunday 30th September Time: 5:45 to 7:00pm Venue: Hyatt Regency, Birmingham *Please note the reception will be held within the secure conference zone where a pass is required (passes can be obtained from the official conference website). RSVP required – please email... 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