The National Federation of Cypriots in the UK calls on the Cypriot community to vote and make their voice heard in the General Election on Thursday 8 June.
Federation President, Christos Karaolis said: “The UK Cypriot community must make its voice heard during this election campaign. I urge all Cypriots firstly to ask their candidates to pledge their support for Cyprus; secondly to join and engage with the political party that is most aligned with their views; and most importantly to go out and vote for 8th June. I would also like to ask the community to ensure they encourage their friends and family to do the same.”
How you can help:
Vote for candidates who have demonstrated support for Cyprus
There are candidates standing for election who are supporters of Cyprus and our community. We must ensure that these candidates, from all political parties, are elected by casting our votes and having our voice heard. These candidates have asked questions and spoken about Cyprus in Parliament; attended and supported our events; actively shown that they support a free, united Cyprus based upon a just and viable solution to the Cyprus Issue; and have campaigned against the Turkish occupation.
We must also support these candidates, from across the political spectrum, by campaigning for them. There are ongoing campaign events for our parliamentary friends over the coming weeks. If you would like to join any of these campaign events, please email us at email@example.com
We call upon all Cypriots to go out and vote on June 8th to ensure that these candidates are elected. We must make our community’s voice heard and show our support for these candidates with our votes.
Ask candidates to pledge their support for Cyprus
Given the ongoing negotiations in Cyprus, this election we will also be asking parliamentary candidates to sign the Cyprus Pledge Card.
We need your support to collect candidates’ signatures. Please contact your local candidates and ask them to sign the pledge card by emailing their support firstname.lastname@example.org and/or tweeting their support to @UKCypriotFed using #Vote4Cyprus. Draft emails and a picture of the Cyprus Pledge Card can be found on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/UKCypriotFed and on our website: www.cypriotfederation.org.uk
We will be updating our Facebook page as well as our Twitter page (@UKCypriotFed) with the names of candidates that have signed the pledge card on an ongoing basis. We will also publish the full list of signatures in community media closer to the election.
Write to your local candidates about Cyprus
We are also asking the community to write to local parliamentary candidates about the Cyprus issue and engage with them directly on the Cyprus issue. Draft letters can be found on our website.
To vote in the upcoming election you must be registered to vote. Registering to vote is a simple and easy process – more information can be found below. You must be registered by Monday 22 May and you can register to vote by visiting the following website: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
If you are unsure about which constituency you are in, the BBC has a useful webpage that allows you to enter your postcode and shows you your constituency, current MP and the results from the previous election: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/constituencies
For information on alternative ways to vote please visit the websites below:
Postal vote: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-post
Proxy vote: https://www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk/voting-by-proxy
EVERY CYPRIOT VOTE COUNTS – OUR VOTE IS OUR VOICE
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Greek Cypriot Roula Violaris and members of her Think Zumba class managed to raise £4000 for cancer patients after completing last Sunday a 8.5 mile sponsored walk.
The Think Zumba group covered the distance by passing through parks from East Finchley to Westminster as part of a North London Hospise Fun Walk.
The Think Zumba group was established six years ago in Barnet by Roula Violaris, daughter of LGR’s long-established presenter Soula Violaris.
“Unfortunately we have all lost someone close to us from cancer and we saw the North London Hospice as an appropriate charity to raise funds for, to help patients become more comfortable whilst having terminal cancer.” Roula Violaris told the Hendon and Finchley Times.
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Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot side have agreed on a definition as regards the issue of the legal domicile and exercising the four EU fundamental freedoms by the citizens of a future federal Cyprus.
In statements to the press after his four-hour long meeting on Tuesday with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, in the framework of the UN-led negotiations on the Cyprus problem, Anastasiades said that they also discussed issues concerning the effective participation of Turkish Cypriots, adding that differences still remain on this issue.
There has been however an agreement on a definition as regards the legal domicile and the safeguarding of the four freedoms, “however some issues remain pending as certain details have to be clarified,” he added.
“There is a problem as they raise an issue relating to the regulation of the right to property acquisition,” the President said, recalling that this issue was first raised in Geneva. He said that the discussion will continue to find ways to overcome this problem. “I hope that we will reach a conclusion on this, if the other side has a constructive approach,” he added.
Anastasiades said that even though the right of abode has been determined – the right to work, the right to settlement, the right to property acquisition etc – “nevertheless there are certain differences, also concerning the issue of those who will be entitled to be considered citizens with legal domicile.”
The President said that they also agreed that during the EBRD 2017 Annual Meeting and Business Forum that will take place here, several international organizations will discuss issues concerning the post-solution economy.
He also noted that on May 10 the two leaders will meet with the head of European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker`s office to review the progress achieved at the Ad hoc Committee dealing with the Turkish Cypriots` harmonization.
Anastasiades said that this issue very important in that it will show whether the Turkish Cypriots will be able to harmonise fully in case of a political settlement, to allow the acquis communautaire to apply from day one of a solution.
Asked if the issue of the four freedoms has to do with the Turkish citizens, Anastasiades replied negatively, noting that it concerns the citizens of a future federal Republic of Cyprus.
Responding to other questions, Anastasiades said that the percentage of 20% concerning the political rights has been agreed, adding that “what we have said is that the right to free movement, settlement, work and acquiring property does not automatically entitle someone to have the right to legal domicile.”
“Someone will have to decide that he will stay somewhere legally. Their number may rise to 20% (Greek Cypriots in the Turkish Cypriot constituent state and Turkish Cypriots in the Greek Cypriot constituent state) or if it exceeds this percentage then weighted voting will apply at local elections,” he added.
Invited to say if he believes that the Geneva Conference on Cyprus may proceed after today`s meeting, President Anastasiades said that “there are still many issues to be examined, and I have made it clear that it is not enough to have an agreement on the definition of the right to exercise the four freedoms.”
Anastasiades said that he suggested that all limits should be exhausted by the end of May-mid June where this is deemed necessary, and if the necessary progress is achieved, then they shall proceed with a Conference in Geneva.
He noted that the Greek Cypriot side is not against such a Conference since it is Turkey which will have to outline its positions on the issues of guarantees, security and all relevant issues.
“Today’s meeting was creative, but there are still a lot of things to do,” he added.
Responding to another question, Anastasiades underlined that he will not discuss the continuation of the Geneva Conference in combination with the suspension of the Republic of Cyprus sovereign rights, noting that this is out of question and was not discussed at the negotiating table.
Moreover he said that the issue of the four freedoms for Turkish citizens was not discussed during today`s meeting.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. UN-led talks between Anastasiades and Akinci have been underway since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.
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Cypriot singer Hovig will represent Cyprus in the up coming Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place at International Exhibition Centre IEC in Kyiv. He will sing ‘Gravity’ written by Thomas G:Son, a Swedish producer, well-known in Eurovision circles.
Hovig Demirdjian was confirmed as the island’s representative on 16th October 2016, internally selected by the Cypriot broadcaster CyBc. It was stipulated then that G:Son would be responsible for producing the song. The Swede’s involvement in last year’s Cypriot Eurovision entry means he composes the country’s tune for a second year.
28 years-old Hovig was born in Nicosia and is a Cypriot artist of Armenian origin. Hovig, whose mother is Cypriot, says he is proud to fly the Cypriot flag at the 2017 contest.
The song’s official video clip, which was exclusively released on 1st March on Eurovision.tv features dancer Natalia Michael. The video was filmed by Emilios Avraam using the CyBc’s studios in Nicosia.
Hovig explained on his Facebook page the idea of gravity in this song, suggesting it’s a concept that can be interpreted to mean different things to all listeners.
“Anyone can relate and interpret “GRAVITY” into their lover, their religion, their family. To anything that gives them support and push to keep going. It’s a bigger power encouraging anyone to continue their path. “I’ll catch u when u fall”. Who comes into ur mind saying this to u? Is it your God? Ur mum? Ur partner? Or maybe even ur own self doing some reflection?”
The reaction to the song was impressive to say the least as it exceeded over 1.000.000 views in the first month since the release on Eurovision.tv. It is a radio-friendly pop track with electronic beats throughout the song.
The information we have about the Cypriot live Eurovision performance, is that Hovig will be joined on stage by a couple of dancers, who have been named as Marios Charalambous and Pavlos Lazarou Kertepene. They will be seeking to re-create the video’s atmospheric feel. It is a team which comprises talented stage director, choreographer Charis Savva, also vocal coach Christos Kyriakides and his costume designer Notis Panagiotou, who is to fit Hovig with his Eurovision’s outfit.
The Cypriot delegation will be quietly optimistic about their qualifying chances for a third year, following the recent successes by Minus One and John Karayiannis.
The Cyprus entry competes in the First Eurovision Semi-Final, which airs on Tuesday 9th May, televised live on BBC 4. Hovig will be hoping to advance to the Eurovision Final on Saturday 13th May 2017.
If you haven’t watched ‘Gravity’ yet, check out the official video here:
Article written by Tony Neophytou