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New Year’s Reception in Parliament

The Conservative Friends of Cyprus welcomed the new year with a reception held  at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster with 100 guests and numerous MPs on Tuesday evening. The reception included the traditional ceremony of the cutting of ‘vasilopita’ (new year) cake. The MPs were joined by the High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus Euripides Evriviades, many members of the organisation and of the UK Cypriot community. Th Rt Hon Theresa Villiers, the Conservative Friends of Cyprus President and host of the event, highlighted the significant role of the Greek Orthodox Church in the UK culture and in education, noting that the first Greek Orthodox secondary school of the UK educational system was established in her Chipping Barnet constituency. She congratulated the Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain Gregorios who in April completes 30 years of pastorate in his current post. She also urged those present to vote for the Conservative Party candidates in May’s local elections, stressing that several of those candidates are UK Cypriots. The APPG for Cyprus Chairman Sir Roger Gale thanked people who attended the “splendid” occasion of the Blessing of the Seas ceremony at his constituency’s Margate beach last Sunnday, and also praised His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios. He expressed his hope and his belief that the Cyprus issue talks can resume soon after the presidential election in Cyprus “so that we can get down to business.” As he added, “there is only one target, the reunification of Cyprus.” Sir Roger also assured the UK Cypriots that their friends in parliament will continue supporting them as much as they can. Other Conservative MPs attending... read more

CFCyprus pays tribute to former Parliamentary Chairman David Burrowes

Tributes were paid to David Burrowes, the Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate until the 2017 General Election and former CFCyprus Parliamentary Chairman, at a reception held on 7th December. CFCyprus President the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP led the tributes, joined by Sheryll Murray MP and leading members of the British Cypriot community in Barnet and Enfield. Tributes were paid to David Burrowes for his outstanding work on Cyprus during his time as the Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate. Both Theresa and David Burrowes strongly appealed to the Cypriot community to turn out and support Conservative candidates in the local elections taking place in May next year. Speaking later in the evening, Theresa said “As President of the Conservative Friends of Cyprus I am very pleased to have been able to support this important reception at the home of Chris and Andre Chris. Andre has hosted a brilliant event for an important cause.” “I have been involved with Conservatives for Cyprus for many years. For nearly two decades, I have been supporting efforts to find a settlement to reunify the island. The Conservative Party is also backing Cypriots in their search for a just and lasting settlement. Across Barnet and Enfield, we have some fantastic Conservative candidates for next year’s crucial local elections, including a number from the Cypriot community. I urge guests attending this evening to provide help and support to those candidates in the run-up to the elections.” Theresa Villiers has attended a number of Conservative Friends of Cyprus events in the past 12 months. Most notably, in her role as President, she hosted the... read more

25th Anniversary Conference Reception

We are pleased to announce that our 25th Anniversary Conservative Party Conference reception will be held this year on Sunday 1st October at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. Speakers will include: the Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP the High Commissioner for Cyprus, HE Euripides L Evriviades Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP Cllr Jason Charalambous Parliamentarians and MEPs   DETAILS Date: Sunday 1st October Time: 5:45 to 7:00pm Venue: The Tea Room, Midland Hotel* Complimentary drinks and canapes will be served. *Please note the reception will be held within the secure conference zone where a pass is required (passes can be obtained from the official conference website here)... read more

Conservative MPs express support for Cyprus reunification talks

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... read more

CFCyprus concludes successful parliamentary visit to the island

On Saturday 12 November the Conservative Friends of Cyprus concluded a successful Parliamentary visit to the island with a group of five MPs, a member of the House of Lords and a number of parliamentary assistants. The visit included meetings with leading political, civic and religious leaders on the island. Meetings were held with Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, the Cyprus Parliamentary Committee on Foreign and European Affairs, the Committee on Refugees and Missing Persons and the Union of Occupied Cyprus Municipalities. The delegates also met with the Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus HE Youssef Soueif. The opportunity to experience Cyprus’ rich culture and history was also provided, with visits to the Leventis Gallery, the bicommunal CVAR/Severis Foundation and the Cyprus Railways Museum. At a reception hosted by the British High Commission in Nicosia the group met with leading Turkish Cypriot political and civic leaders and had the opportunity to exchange views. They also had the chance to see the fenced of town of Famagusta in the occupied North of the island. To mark Armistice Day on 11 November, the group participated in a Remembrance Service hosted by the UN Peacekeeping Force at Wayne’s Keep Cemetry in the Buffer Zone, where Matthew Offord MP laid a wreath on behalf of the delegation. The group also held a Q&A with the UN Youth and Student Association of Cyprus, a bicommunal NGO comprised of high school and university students, who had the opportunity to ask the parliamentarians questions on a range of issues, from Brexit to the recent US Elections. The group consisted of Matthew Offord MP, Sheryll Murray MP, Martin Vickers MP,... read more

Boris Johnson expresses optimism over the “bright hope” for a reunited Cyprus

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said that the prospect of a settlement of the Cyprus issue through the ongoing UN-facilitated negotiations between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots is “a moment of optimism.” Attending the Conservative Friends of Cyprus reception on Sunday evening, held at the end of the first day of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Johnson said: “In all the gloom in the world and in the Middle East there is a bright and shining hope. We must not exaggerate, we must not become over-optimistic; but when I talk to Mr Anastasiades and to Mr Akinci, as I did last week in New York, I tell you that I rarely see people showing leadership and it is absolutely wonderful to see this.” The Foreign Secretary urged all Conservatives and friends of Cyprus “to support them (the leaders) in their attempts to make this happen.” “It would be fantastic if they pulled it off and they’ve got my support,” added Mr Johnson addressing the hundreds of people attending the event. He made a special reference to the “Goddess of Love” Aphrodite having been born in Cyprus, commenting that it would be a fantastic thing to honour her with “peace and love” by settling the Cyprus issue. Boris Johnson also praised the “huge contribution” of the populous Cypriot community to London and wider British society, and noted the “hugely important” relationship between Britain and Cyprus. Among the hundreds of attendees there were around 30 Conservatives MPs and members of the House of Lords, such as the long-standing friends of Cyprus Theresa Villiers and David Burrowes, as well as Crispin Blunt, Chris... read more

CFCyprus parliamentary event reaffirms strong bilateral ties

The Conservative Friends of Cyprus reception at the House of Commons on Monday evening, attended by a number of Conservative MPs, reaffirmed the strong ties between Cyprus and the UK. It also gave the opportunity to the MPs to renew their commitment to keep promoting the Cypriot interests and actively support the reunification of the island, terminating the Turkish military occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. In their introductory remarks to the large audience in the Jubilee Room, the Chairman of the organisation Jason Charalambous and the Parliamentary Chairman David Burrowes MP stressed the exceptional cooperation between the two countries. “In recent years British-Cypriots relations at all levels have been the best they’ve been for some time,” said Mr Charalambous, while Mr Burrowes added that “Conservatives are there with Cyprus, hand in hand and we saw no better way of that than last year’s delegation to Cyprus – the largest group of parliamentarians visiting the island in living memory.” Jason Charalambous also said that “while certain barriers remain, there is a shared sense optimism that the reunification of the island is on the horizon and the British role remains essential to helping secure the best outcome for all Cypriots.” He noted that following the vote for Brexit in the recent referendum, “Cyprus can also offer the UK invaluable support in helping the country negotiate the best possible deal with the EU for a bright and prosperous future outside the EU.” He added, given the political developments in the Conservative party following the referendum, that he hopes “the positive bilateral relation will continue to thrive, whoever takes on the party’s leadership. And our... read more

Zac Goldsmith pays tribute to London’s Cypriot community

On Wednesday the Conservative Friends of Cyprus hosted a very well attended Q & A session with Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London. Zac said: “I know the Cypriot community make a huge contribution to London and our economy, running many of the high street shops and small businesses we all rely on. It’s why keeping our economy strong and growing will be a top priority for me, as part of my Action Plan for Greater London. Now is not to the time to start experimenting with London’s future, instead we need a Mayor will stand up and deliver the jobs, the homes and the transport investment that London needs. Lastly I’d like to send everyone my best wishes ahead of Greek Orthodox Easter. At a time when so many Christian’s around the world are being persecuted for their faith, Easter offers a moment to reflect on what makes our city great, the diversity and freedom for people of all faiths to live and do well here.” Jason Charalambous, Chairman of the Conservative Friends of Cyprus, said: “It is absolutely crucial that we do not allow the Labour party to take control of City Hall and undo all the excellent work done by Boris Johnson as Mayor. Zac Goldsmith is an excellent candidate for Mayor, he has proven how effective he is as a local MP, by standing up for his local community and constituents, and is in the best position to lead London. It is important that all British Cypriots whatever their political persuasion vote for Zac on May 5”. Dan Thomas, who is campaigning to... read more

Conservative Friends of Cyprus lead largest delegation of MPs to support settlement of Cyprus Problem

Between 11th and 14th November seven British MPs led by Parliamentary Chairman David Burrowes MP and Conservative Friends of Cyprus (CfC) Chairman Jason Charalambous visited Cyprus to show solidarity and support for the settlement of the Cyprus Problem. The delegation included longstanding friends of Cyprus Matthew Offord MP and Sir David Amess MP, Sheryll Murray MP and Martin Vickers MP who were making their first visit to Cyprus, Byron Davies MP who was recently elected for Gower in Wales and Chris Pincher MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary. The delegation was supported by leading members of CfC and the British Cypriot community. The busy itinerary included informative meetings with leading Cypriot politicians, cultural and historical tours which included visits to the Cyprus Archaeological Museum and Byzantine Museum in Nicosia, and an overview of the consequences of the continued division of the island, including a visit to Nicosia’s abandoned airport in the buffer zone. The visit began with a briefing by the British High Commissioner HE Mr Ric Todd and Defence Attaché Col Sebastian Pollington which followed a reception at the High Commissioner’s residence with political, academic and civil representatives from across the island. The delegation then met with President of the House of Representatives Mr Omirou; the Greek Cypriot negotiator for the Cyprus Problem Ambassador Mavroyiannis; members of the Foreign Affairs Standing Committee including Chairman Averof Neophytou; the Standing Committee on Refugees-Enclaved-Missing and Adversely Affected Persons; and also attended a House of Representatives plenary session. The delegation then met the Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Mr Lakkotrypis and visited the bi-communal Committee on Missing Persons and... read more