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The Conservative Friends of Cyprus is a volunteer-run organisation that was founded in 1992.

We seek to promote the values and ideals of the Conservative Party across the UK and work to strengthen the bond between the Conservative Party, the Republic of Cyprus and the British Cypriot Diaspora.

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

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CFCyprus Annual Parliamentary Reception

CFCyprus Annual Parliamentary Reception

On Wednesday the Conservative Friends of Cyprus hosted their annual New Year’s Vasilopita reception in the Jubilee Room in Parliament. The Europe Minister, the Rt Hon Chris Pincher MP, joined 16 Members of Parliament in addressing the packed room of over 120 guests, followed by speeches by CFC President the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Chairman of the APPG for Cyprus Sir Roger Gale MP, CFC’s Parliamentary Chairman Matthew Offord MP, Chairman of CFC Jason Charalambous and the High Commissioner of Cyprus HE Andreas Kakouris. The special service of the cutting of the Vasilopita (St Basil’s Cake) was led by the UK’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop HE Archbishop Nikitas and was followed by singing of traditional carols. At the reception the Minister for Europe Christopher Pincher confirmed that the British Government’s position regarding the Cyprus issue and Turkey’s activity within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus does not change now that the UK has exited the European Union. Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, Mr Pincher said: “Our stance remains the same, which is we believe that a bizonal, bicommunal system for the people of the island of Cyprus is the best way forward for peace and prosperity for them all; and we believe that Cyprus has a right to exclusive access to its Exclusive Economic Zone, and any drilling there by anybody is wrong. We deplore it and we continue to deplore it. We want to make sure that the hydrocarbons around Cyprus in the EEZ are used in the good of everybody on the island of Cyprus. It’s theirs, it’s yours, make the best use... read more
Thank you to all those who voted Conservative – it’s time to Unite our Country!

Thank you to all those who voted Conservative – it’s time to Unite our Country!

Thank you to all those who voted Conservative on 12th December – and congratulations to our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, for this phenomenal victory! Congratulations to all the Conservative candidates who stood in this election – we are delighted to see so many of our Parliamentary friends re-elected, and well done to all those newly elected Members of Parliament too. Thank you also to our scores of supporters who played an active role campaigning in this election and supporting the Conservative Party and our Parliamentary friends. We look forward to many exciting events and inititives during the course of this Parliament.  ... read more

OTHER NEWS

Minister for Europe Statement on Cyprus

Minister for Europe Statement on Cyprus

On 7th January, our Parliamentary Chairman Matthew Offord MP asked this question to the Foreign Office: “To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to support a solution to the division on the island of Cyprus. “The Minister for Europe, the Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP replied as follows: “The United Kingdom is a strong supporter of a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement to reunite Cyprus, based on the internationally accepted model of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality for all. I visited Cyprus on 4 October to encourage progress towards an enduring solution. We will continue this regular dialogue. We call on all parties to engage constructively in talks about a settlement and demonstrate they are committed to making progress. The United Kingdom believes a reunited Cyprus would unlock significant economic benefits through increased opportunities for trade, investment and tourism, and open up the possibility of new energy and economic partnerships in the region. This will benefit everyone on the island of Cyprus. A settlement would bolster the island’s security and help to advance regional... read more
Europe Minister visits Cyprus and meets with President Anastasiades

Europe Minister visits Cyprus and meets with President Anastasiades

As Minister for Europe, the Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP recently visited Cyprus to meet with Cypriot leaders, as well as visit Mercian troops at the British Forces Headquarters. Mr Pincher visited the British Sovereign Base Areas and met with soldiers from our Mercian Regiment, including a sniper from Tamworth. The MP was shown how effective the camouflage netting on a sniper is as he had to try and use binoculars to find him. Afterwards Christopher met with UK Civil servants, airport authorities and former Thomas Cook staff who have done such a brilliant job in getting everyone home. At the start of the week Project Matterhorn came to a close as the Government repatriated every single Thomas Cook customer. As well as visiting Mercian troops, the Tamworth MP met with President Nicos Anastasiades to discuss Brexit and he welcomed the Cypriot Government’s offer to guarantee the rights of UK national living in Cyprus. He also met with Cyprus’s Foreign Minister, Nikos Christodoulides where Christopher reiterated the UK Government’s support for achieving a long lasting peace settlement between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Commenting Christopher Pincher MP said: “It was a pleasure to be in Cyprus to reiterate the United Kingdom’s support for political equality in Cyprus. We stand ready to play our role in securing a better future for Cypriots. Having met with both the President and Foreign Minister, I have trust that we can find a way for the United Kingdom to leave the EU without disruption on October 31st. “The highlight for the trip for me was flying out of RAF Akrotiri with the 84 Squadron in... read more