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On the 15th of June the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK held its biennial elections for its Secretariat and Officers. Christos Karaolis, the first third-generation Cypriot to hold the position, was re-elected as President. Reflecting on his first term, Mr Karaolis said that “whilst we’ve had a lot of successes over the last two years to advance the Cyprus Issue and the UK Cypriot community, there is still much more to do. I’m looking forward to working with our new team which has an exciting balance of young energy and experience.”

President Christos Karaolis addressing the AGM

Mr Karaolis highlighted two key areas of focus for his second term. Firstly, Mr Karaolis spoke of the importance of raising awareness of the Cyprus Issue by further expanding Cyprus’ parliamentary friends, as well as building partnerships with other diasporas and organisations. Secondly,  he spoke about the need to develop a comprehensive strategy to engage second- and third-generation Cypriots to further advance the community.

The Federation elected its Secretariat and, from the members of the Secretariat, elected its President, 3 Vice Presidents, General Secretary, and Treasurer. The full list of names and their positions can be found below.

A notable outcome of this year’s election was that, for the first time, a quarter of the Federation’s Secretariat are now under the age of 38. The Federation’s member associations welcomed this as a very positive sign that young, British-born Cypriots are actively engaged with the future of the UK Cypriot diaspora, as well as the Cyprus Issue. The large proportion of younger Secretariat members will bring fresh ideas and energy to the organisation and the UK Cypriot


25% of the Secretariat is under the age of 38





The following were elected as Officers of the Federation:

President | Christos Karaolis

Vice Presidents | Andreas Papaevripides, Bambos Charalambous, Michalis Ellinas

General Secretary | Michael Kashis

Treasurer | Ninos Koumettou

Secretariat 2017-19:

Andreas Chimonas

Andreas Georgiou

Andreas Gregoriou

Andreas Papaevripides

Antonia Michaelides (via NEPOMAK UK)

Bambos Charalambous

Caterina Fragkoulidou

Chriso Ioannou

Christina Pippas

Christos Karaolis

Christos Tuton (via NEPOMAK UK)

Costas Georgiou

Costas Sakkas

Eleni Palazidou

Evoulla Nicolaou

George Maifoshis

George Michaelides

Harry Charalambous (via NEPOMAK UK)

Ioanna Michaelidou

Katia David Harmanda

Lakis Andronikou

Mary Helen Karaolis

Menicos Kouvaros

Michael Kashis

Michael Yiakoumi

Michalakis Michael

Michalis Ellinas

Neophytos Nicolaou

Nikos Andronikou

Ninos Koumettou

Panayiotis Yiakoumi

Peter Charalambous

Savvas Hadjiphilippou

Savvas Pavlides

Stephanos Habeshis

Susie Constantinides

Theo Papapavlou

Vasilis Mavrou

Yiannis Koumettou

Yiannis Kouvaros

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According to the latest statement by the police, 17 people so far have lost their lives after a massive blaze wiped out on the early hours of Wednesday the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in North Kensington.

The authorities expect the number of dead to rise even further.

Emergency services have said that their rescue crews do not expect to find anyone still alive inside the now charred residential tower.

30 people remain in hospital, with 17 of those in critical care.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said on Thursday morning that the identity of a number of victims had been confirmed. “But we know there will be more.”

She also stressed that because of the size of the building and the scale of destruction a complete search might take weeks to complete.

Asked about how many people are still unaccounted for Met Police Commander Stuart Cundy said it would be “wrong and incredibly distressing” to give a number.

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a public inquiry into the tragedy.

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Twelve people have died in the blazing inferno that overnight wiped out a residential tower in West London. The number of fatalities is expected to rise, according to the authorities.

According to the authorities, the number of fatalities is expected to rise

Earlier police reports had confirmed the death of six people.

Commander Stuart Cundy of the Met police told reporters that he expects “the number of fatalities will increase beyond those 12”.

Danny Cotton, London Fire Brigade Commissioner, during her early morning press briefing described the Grenfell Tower fire as ‘completely unprecedented’.

The ambulance service announced that 68 people had been taken from the scene by its crews to six hospitals across the capital, with 18 in critical care.  Another 10 found their own way to the hospital.

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Bambos Charalambous, who stood for Labour in Enfield Southgate, becomes the first ever Greek Cypriot in history to be elected a Member of Parliament after winning with 24,989 votes a healthy majority of 4,335 on a 74.3% turn-out.

Bambos Charalambous

The Greek Cypriot ousted the Conservative party’s sitting MP David Burrowes, who had held the predominantly Tory seat since 2005.

Charalambous has been a councillor in Palmers Green since 1994.

He told LGR that his stunning victory is largely owed to his Tory opponent’s strong identification with Brexit although people in the north London constituency ”had voted overwhelmingly against it in the referendum.”

As for the other two Greek Cypriot candidates, Conservative candidate Jason Charalambous came with 9,925 votes second to Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry in Islington South & Finsbury, and 22-year-old Anton Georgiou with 2,519 finished third for the Liberal Democrats in Brent Central.

Jason Charalambous (left), Bambos Charalambous (right), Anton Georgiou (below)

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The Executive Committee of the National Federation of Cypriots  in the UK after an emergency meeting on Sunday morning sent letters to the Prime Minister Theresa May and the Mayor of London Shadik Khan condemning  Saturday’s “tragic terrorist attack” and expressing the Cypriot community’s commitment to “stand together and defend the common values that we share in the UK.”

Below you can read the letters signed by the NFC’s President Christos Karaolis.

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The first Cyprus-Israel-Greece tripartite meeting was held in London on Tuesday 30 May, where Government and Community representatives met to discuss:

The positive relations between the three countries and their diasporas.

How to deepen the ties that already exist at a community level in the UK.

Areas of potential cooperation in the UK where there are shared interests.

Ambassadors of Greece, Cyprus and Israel, Photis Photiou- Presidential Commissioner for Diaspora Cypriots- and representatives of the Greek, Israeli and Cypriot diaspora in the UK sitting around the table in Cyprus’ High Commission in London


Cyprus’ Presidential Commissioner for Diaspora Cypriots, Mr Photis Photiou, was welcomed to the Cyprus High Commission on Tuesday 30 May to discuss the positive and deepening diaspora relations between Cyprus, Greece and Israel. Their Excellencies, the High Commissioner for Cyprus, Mr Euripides Evriviades; the Ambassador of Israel, Mr Mark Regev; and the Ambassador of Greece, Mr Dimitris Caramitsos-Tziras, were present to lead the meeting and share their valuable reflections. They were joined by representatives of the UK Jewish diaspora (from the Board of Deputies of British Jews), the UK Cypriot diaspora (from the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK) and the UK Greek diaspora (from the Hellenic Bankers Association of the UK, the Greek Energy Forum, the Greek Shipping Cooperation Committee, and the Engineer’s Society of Great Britain).

The meeting in London followed on from the 2nd Trilateral Summit Declaration signed in Jerusalem in December 2016 between Cyprus, Israel and Greece and the first trilateral meeting on diaspora issues in Jerusalem in March 2017.

Mr Evriviades opened the meeting in London by welcoming Mr Photiou and the two Ambassadors to the Cyprus High Commission. He then spoke of the need for “community-driven, grassroots cooperation that will serve the interests of all parties to promote shared values and interests.” He welcomed this initial meeting and said that he “believed that tangible outcomes were possible thanks to the drive of the diaspora organisations”.

Mr Photiou then addressed the meeting and highlighted some specific issues that the diasporas of Cyprus, Israel and Greece could cooperate on such as political advocacy, tourism, youth organisations and culture.

Mr Photiou concluded by saying that he was “very pleased to see that there were already good relations between the diaspora communities in the UK and he looked forward to their continued strengthening”. Ambassador Regev said that he considers the tripartite relationship to be “win, win, win for the three countries” and emphasised the importance of all three countries in the history of the Western world. He said that one of the many common values between the countries was “a great pride about the past but also the strength to embrace the future.” Ambassador Caramitsos-Tziras outlined how the positive trilateral relations showed stability in a “troubled neighbourhood” and how he wanted to see the diaspora organisations “embrace the opportunity to work together in the fields of politics, business, science and academia because all three diasporas excel in those areas in the UK.”

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An eight year-old British Cypriot girl, Saffie Rose Roussos (pictured), has been named   as one of the 22 victims of the suicide bombing attack last night at Manchester Arena.

She went to the concert with her mother Lisa and her older sister Ashlee Bromwich.

Lancashire County Council confirmed that the British Cypriot school girl was killed at the end of the concert by Ariana Grande that she went with her mother Lisa and her older sister Ashlee Bromwich. Both were later found injured in separate hospitals.

Chris Upton, the headteacher at Tarleton Community primary school, that Saffie attended said that she was “simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair.”

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Cyprus Foreign Ministry has announced that so far there is no information about Cypriot citizens among the victims of the attack in Manchester. In a statement issued on Tuesday the MFA says that is closely monitoring the situation and is in close contact with the British authorities via the High Commission of the Republic in London.

The High Commission in London is available to provide assistance to Cypriot citizens

The Foreign Ministry calls on Cypriot citizens who are in Great Britain, especially in Manchester, or who plan to travel there to follow the media and the instructions of the British authorities carefully.

The High Commission in London is available to provide assistance to Cypriot citizens. For more information and consular assistance, Cypriots can contact the following numbers, especially if they have not communicated with their relatives.

Cyprus High Commission:
13 street, Jame`s Square,
SW1Y 4LB London
United Kingdom
Working hours :
09:00 – 16:30, Monday – Friday
Contact info:
Fixed telephone: +44 2073214100-10
Mobile phone (excluding work hours): +447470367047, +447435010941
Fax: +442073214164
E-mail address:

In the event of an emergency and / or consular need, Cypriot citizens can also communicate with the following numbers:

Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (excluding working hours)
Tel. +35799660129
E-mail address:

Department of Crisis Management of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tel. +35722801000, +35797775998
E-mail address:

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Cyprus’ strong GDP growth is credit positive for Cypriot banks because it will strengthen their clients’ capacity to restructure and service their high levels of distressed debt, according to Moody’s credit outlook.

The rating agency says Cyprus’ rising economic output will benefit banks and businesses

Last Tuesday, the Statistical Service of the Republic of Cyprus announced that its flash estimate for the country’s annual GDP growth rate in first-quarter 2017 was 3.3%, the highest in Cyprus since 2008.

Additionally, Moody’s points out that the growth will support real estate collateral values, on which Cypriot banks rely heavily for most lending, and increase new lending opportunities that will support banks’ declining net interest income.

At the same time Moody’s estimates that the acceleration in economic activity will strengthen businesses’ cash flows and improve labour market conditions for households.

“Ultimately, the higher growth will enhance borrowers’ debt affordability and repayment capacity, facilitating loan restructurings, particularly in the small and midsize enterprise sector, which is more vulnerable to economic changes and benefits from an economic recovery, albeit with a lag”, says the report.

Moody’s also expect banks’ asset quality to continue to improve, in line with the accelerating growth trend and banks’ restructuring initiatives.
Bank of Cyprus, is expected to gain the most, given that it has the largest direct exposure to domestic real estate.

Additionally, Moody’s expect Cyprus’ improving economy to create new lending opportunities for banks and ease the decline of interest rates that banks charge on loans.

The report says that if sustained, the country’s performance will exceed the 2.7% real GDP growth forecast for 2017. It adds that notwithstanding the improving economic environment, it will take time for Cypriot banks to rehabilitate their balance sheets because of the long cure periods for restructured loans before they are reclassified as performing, and substantial volumes of distressed debt with system -wide problem loans at 49% of gross loans as of September 2016.

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov urged Thursday for restraint with regards to Turkish threats in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L)-Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides (R)

Lavrov was speaking after a tête-à-tête meeting with his Cypriot counterpart, Ioannis Kasoulides, at the Foreign Ministry in Nicosia. The top Russian diplomat arrived earlier today in Cyprus for bilateral talks and will attend on Friday the 127th Ministerial Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the last event under the Cyprus Chairmanship of the CoE. Tomorrow he will be also received by the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades.

Asked by CNA on Turkish threats in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone, Lavrov replied that “all such issues and debatable ideas should be discussed within the legal framework, with the agreement of all stakeholders”.

He added that “in this situation, as in any such situation, there is a need for restraint from this threat of using force and from using force itself”, and expressed hope that “all stakeholders choose such a path”.

Speaking through an interpreter, the Foreign Minister also reiterated Moscow’s support for a just, lasting and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem, based on relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the agreements reached between the two communities.

Foreign Minister Kasoulides said from his part that he briefed his counterpart on the current state of negotiations and expressed Cyprus’ appreciation for the “unremitting principled position of the Russian Federation”. “We particularly highlighted that the United Nations Security Council has a crucial role, not only in endorsing a possible solution, but in taking those necessary decisions for its comprehensive implementation”, Kasoulides underlined.

He said moreover that he informed Lavrov about the hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation program of Cyprus and referred to “Turkey’s aggressive policies in the Eastern Mediterranean, which further complicate the efforts to reach a settlement of the Cyprus problem”.

In reply to a relevant question, Kasoulides said that they discussed this issue with Lavrov, he did not, however, disclose more details. He said that “there is a common understanding that international law, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, has to prevail in any circumstances”.

Moreover, the Foreign Minister of Cyprus said that they discussed with Lavrov bilateral relations, cooperation in the economic and legal fields, as well as cooperation in international fora.

Minister Kasoulides added that, during working lunch, the two Ministers would also “push for the finalization of various agreements” under negotiation.

He said that they would discuss a number of global and regional issues of mutual concern, including Ukraine and “the necessity for the full implementation of the Minsk Agreement”.

On Syria, Kasoulides stressed that Cyprus, the closest EU member state to this country, would like to see a Syrian-led political transition process to establish a democratic, inclusive and representative government by the Syrians, for the Syrians.

Finally, Kasoulides commented on EU-Russia relations, noting that “the current state of relations is beneficial to neither side” and expressed hope for the reevaluation of the situation, leading to a “mutually beneficial reengagement”.

Taking the floor, the Foreign Minister of Russia said that “Cyprus is our important time-tested partner in Europe” and noted that they reviewed bilateral relations with Kasoulides.

He remarked, moreover, that although bilateral trade has shrunk over the past years, it has picked up significantly in recent months.

Lavrov also said that international terrorism calls for a “joint, unified agenda instead of the confrontational policy chosen by several Western countries”. The fight against terrorism calls for a settlement in the Middle East and Northern Africa, but first and foremost in Syria, he went on.

Speaking about the situation in Ukraine, he said that “we need to thoroughly and fully implement the Minsk package”, he added however that recent action by the Ukrainian authorities shows that “it is either not willing or incapable of doing so”.

Commenting on the state of Russia-EU relations, he said that there is no cause for satisfaction there and noted that cooperation must be based on equal rights and mutual respect. For that to happen, Brussels must stop having a “one-way street game” Lavrov noted.

He further expressed gratitude that Cyprus is part of the group of countries within the EU, advocating normal cooperation between the two sides.

Lavrov was also asked about the reported passing of classified information to senior Russian officials by the US President. In his reply, he referred to reports saying that the secret passed was about terrorists being capable of staffing electronic devices with untraceable explosive material.

He added that one month ago, the Trump administration imposed a ban on laptops being carried on airplanes coming from seven Middle Eastern countries, due to a terrorist threat. “So if you’re talking about that, I see no secret here” he said.

He also noted that “many US mass media use the principle used by the Soviet Union media” in vain.

Asked about reports concerning an initiative in Washington to create a NATO-like alliance among Persian Gulf countries, the Russian Foreign Minister said that complicated issues in the Middle East and Northern Africa should be solved on a collective basis, without excluding anyone.

He added that when negotiations between US President Donald Trump and his counterparts in the Middle East take place “we’ll have more clarity and then we can discuss it”.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

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