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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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Parliamentary lunch with President of Cyprus’ House of Representatives together with the Conservative Friends of Israel

Parliamentary lunch with President of Cyprus’ House of Representatives together with the Conservative Friends of Israel

On Wednesday the Conservative Friends of Cyprus held a joint Parliamentary lunch with the Conservative Friends of Israel with of the President of Cyprus’ House of Representatives, HE Mr Demetris Syllouris. Mr Syllouris had the opportunity to discuss the Cyprus Issue and Brexit, but also to explore practical ways of enhancing the already strong relationship that Cyprus has with Israel and the UK. The Conservative MPs that attended the lunch included Sir Roger Gale, the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers, the Rt Hon Stephen Crabb Matthew Offord, Sheryll Murray, Bob Blackman, as well as CFI founder Lord Polak. Also present were the Cypriot High Commissioner HE Euripides Evriviades, the Deputy Israeli Ambassador Sharon Bar-Li, Executive Director of CFI James Gurd and the Chairman of CFCyprus Jason Charalambous. Sir Roger Gale MP, Chairman of the APPG for Cyprus, said he was delighted that things on the Cyprus issue “seem to be moving in the right direction”. He noted that “there are still many obstacles to overcome until a settlement is reached”, but pledged that the British parliamentarians that are friends of Cyprus will continue working with the House of Representatives and all Cypriots. CFCyprus Chairman Jason Charalambous said that the joint working lunch was a celebration of the close relations between Cyprus, Israel and the UK. He noted that the volunteer-run organisation does everything it can to enhance this tripartite bond, not only on political level but also in the areas of security, culture, technology, tourism and... read more
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

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