President of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK Christos Karaolis, Treasurer Bambos Charalambous, as well as Executive Secretary Andreas Karaolis and Assistant Executive Secretaries George Alexandrou and Elisavet Parpi, met with Alison Kemp, Head of the Mediterranean Department, Sheba Rosier, Head of the Cyprus Desk, and Tom Hinson, Cyprus Desk Officer at the FCDO.
During the meeting, the Federation delegation reiterated the unwavering commitment of the UK Cypriot diaspora to the reunification of Cyprus in line with the existing UN framework, discussed recent developments on the island and prospects for the restarting of talks including the urgent need for the appointment of a UN Special Envoy. They also urged His Majesty’s Government to take every step to ensure that Turkey returns to the negotiating table within the agreed UN framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation.
The Federation delegation later delivered a resolution to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at Downing Street.
In the letter to the Prime Minister, Federation President Christos Karaolis emphasises the injustice of the illegal invasion and on-going occupation of Cyprus. These, Mr Karaolis wrote, “can never be the basis for a ‘UDI’ and it is for this reason that, rightly, the illegal occupation regime has remained unrecognised by every nation, with the exception of Turkey, for forty years.”
That is why, he continues, in a time of war in both Europe and the Middle East, peace in Cyprus is the “necessary step forward to return to a rules-based order in both regions.”
In closing, he adds, as an ally and guarantor of Cyprus, the UK should “encourage Turkey’s return to the negotiating table for a feasible solution that ensures shared peace and prosperity.”

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