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A NFCUK press release – The July 2017 anti-occupation of Cyprus events

Τhe National Federation of Cypriots in the UK will mark the tragic anniversary of Turkey’s invasion and occupation of Cyprus in 1974 with a lobby event in the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 11th July 2017, titled “Cyprus: The Quest for a Solution” starting at 7:15pm in the Grand Committee Room.

The Guest Speaker will be the Government Spokesperson of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, who is currently participating in the multilateral Cyprus Conference in Crans Montana, Switzerland. Mr Christodoulides will share the latest developments with MPs, Lords and members of our community. This event is open to the community. If you would like to attend, please email enquiries@cypriotfederation.org.uk considering that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Our entire community has been shocked and horrified by the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, which we strongly condemn. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and loved ones of those who have lost their lives, or have been injured. We remain extraordinarily grateful to the emergency services and the police for their bravery and professionalism in acting rapidly to stop the attacks and save lives. As a community we retain a resolute commitment to stand together and defend the common values that we share here in the UK. We will not allow those who try to divide us and attack our democracy to succeed.

In light of the awful terrorist attacks, and having consulted with the UK authorities and our insurers, the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK has taken the difficult decision not to organise our annual Rally for Cyprus this year. Instead, the Federation will intensify its efforts and increase its number of meetings with MPs and the British Government to highlight the key aspects of the Cyprus issue.

The Federation calls on our member organisations and the wider community to contact their local MP and re-iterate our pressing demand for a free, united Cyprus: free of Turkish troops and settlers; the right of return for refugees; the determination of the fate of all missing persons; the ending of the suffering of the enclaved; and the safeguarding of the human rights of all Cypriots.

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