Easter Messages from the Prime Minister and MPs

Easter Messages from the Prime Minister and MPs

The Conservative Friends of Cyprus would like to express their thanks to the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP for his warm wishes for Orthodox Easter on his social media, as well as convey to him our best wishes for a speedy recovery. —- We would also like to thank all the Members of the Parliament and politicians below for extending their Easter wishes too (all posts can be found on CFCyprus’ facebook and twitter profiles). —- The Rt Hon Amanda Milling MP – Party Chair The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP Sir Roger Gale MP Mike Woods MP Felicity Buchan MP Ben Everitt MP Ruth Edwards MP Alicia Kearns MP Jonathan Gullis MP Rachel Maclean MP  Eddie Hughes MP Gary Sambrook MP Julian Knight MP Angela Richardson MP Saqib Bhatti MP Stuart Anderson MP Jane Stevenson MP Suzanne Webb MP — As well as the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, and Barnet Councillor and London Assembly Member candidate Cllr Roberto Wedden–Sanz...
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...
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...
President Anastasiades congratulates UK’s new Prime Minister

President Anastasiades congratulates UK’s new Prime Minister

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has sent a letter of congratulations to the United Kingdom’s new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, noting that he counts on the British government’s support towards the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus and efforts to address the continuing aggressive actions on behalf of Turkey. Underlining the strong historical ties between the two countries, President Anastasiades expresses his readiness and wish for close cooperation with the Prime Minister and his government, in order to further promote bilateral relations. Referring to Brexit, the President reaffirms his government’s position in favour of a satisfactory agreement and future...
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...
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...