Calls for a successful outcome to the Cyprus reunification talks were made by senior Parliamentarians attending a New Year’s reception organised by the Conservative Friends of Cyprus in Parliament on Monday evening.
Over a dozen Members of Parliament joined members of the Cypriot community to participate in a traditional ceremony of the cutting of the New Year Vasilopitta cake led by Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain.
The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP who hosted the event, expressed her “sincere support for the efforts of President Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci to reach a successful settlement for the reunification of the island”, adding that she is “hopeful that considerable progress will be made in the Geneva talks this week”.
Other MPs who attended included Sir David Amess, Bob Blackman, David Burrowes, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Sir Roger Gale, Julian Knight, Craig Mackinlay, Mark Menzies, Sheryll Murray, Caroline Nokes, Matthew Offord and Martin Vickers. They joined over 50 guest including the High Commissioner of Cyprus Euripides Evriviades and the group’s Chairman Jason Charalambous.
The cutting of the Vasilopitta cake is a ceremony carried out in Cypriot communities to bless and bring good luck for the year ahead, and it was the first time the service has ever taken place in the Palace of Westminster.