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Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt reaffirms strength of UK-Cyprus relationship

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt reaffirms strength of UK-Cyprus relationship

Foreign Secretary the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP has reaffirmed the strength of the UK-Cyprus bilateral relationship at the annual Conservative Friends of Cyprus Conference Reception in Birmingham. The Foreign Secretary also described the Cyprus issue as “not insoluble” and that a federal solution would be better for all Cypriots than the “unacceptable” status quo. Addressing a packed room of Conservative party members, parliamentarians and ministers, Mr Hunt said that the UK has “a very big responsibility as a country with amazing historic links with Cyprus to do everything we can to facilitate a solution to this long-standing issue, which ultimately is not insoluble.” He added that “we have to go with optimism and determination and say that the status quo is not acceptable” and that there is a political solution. “There is a federal structure that will be a better solution for all people living in Cyprus,” added the Foreign Secretary. He referred to a “very good meeting” with his Cypriot counterpart in Vienna in August and to meetings with the Greek and Turkish Foreign Ministers at the UN General Assembly. He commented that “there is a lot of common ground to go forward.” He did add however that there is always the difficult challenge to navigate between the interests of Cyprus and the national interests of some countries involved. “We need to find ground to navigate through, and we can find it” he noted. “Let’s hope we will have these receptions in the future with something to celebrate. We very nearly got there with Crans Montana, but we were not far off. There is still more work... read more
Conservative MPs visit Cyprus to discuss Brexit & the Cyprus Problem

Conservative MPs visit Cyprus to discuss Brexit & the Cyprus Problem

The Conservative Friends of Cyprus have hosted their third Parliamentary delegation to Cyprus, a Commonwealth and EU member, where the importance of the close bilateral relationship between the UK and Cyprus, particularly post-Brexit, was top of the agenda. This year’s delegates included Sir Graham Brady MP (Chairman of the 1922 Committee), Paul Scully MP (the Conservative Party’s Vice-Chairman for London), Dr Matthew Offord MP, Sheryll Murray MP, Martin Vickers MP, former MP David Burrowes, former Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir Michael Bear, Parliamentary aides Daniel Aldred, Bob Davidson and Ann Vickers, the organisation’s Parliamentary Officer Cllr Maria Alexandrou-Zavros, Executive Officers Andre Chris and Doros Partasides, and Chairman Jason Charalambous. Brexit and the enhancement of UK-Cyprus bilateral ties were discussed at meetings with Demetris Syllouris, President of Cyprus’ House of Representatives; Averof Neophytou, Chairman of DISY (Cyprus’ governing party); and with George Lillikas and members of Cyprus’ cross-party Standing Committee on Foreign and European Affairs. A round-table discussion with Cyprus’ Deputy Minister for Shipping Natasa Pilidou highlighted the importance of the shipping sector to the island’s economy, and a discussion with the Mayor of Larnaca Andreas Vyras focused on the importance of British tourism to Cyprus. A presentation by Invest Cyprus (the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency) showcased the close business and economic links the UK shares with Cyprus, and the potential for closer collaboration post-Brexit; and a visit to the University of Cyprus’ Kios Research and Innovation Center, delegates gained an understanding of the center’s close academic collaboration with Imperial College London regarding ‘Smart City’ research. The very close cooperation between the island’s rescue centre and the UK... 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