President of the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain at Buckingham Palace Investiture 11th December
Mrs Mary Karaolis, President of the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain and retired headteacher of The Ravenscroft School Barnet, attended the Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday 11th December to be invested with the Insignia of her OBE award by Prince Charles. She was accompanied by her husband Andreas Karaolis and her three sons, Christos, Gregory and George. Mrs Karaolis was awarded the OBE in HM the Queen’s 2009 birthday honours list for her services to Education; she said “I am thrilled to be honoured in this way. Not just for myself, but also for The Ravenscroft School, staff, children and their parents, the school governing body, sponsors and my husband, three sons and parents who have always been a source of happiness, encouragement and support for me. It is an honour I share with them all”.
ΔΕΗΣΗ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΚΥΠΡΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΔΙΑΚΡΙΒΩΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΤΥΧΗΣ ΤΩΝ ΑΓΝΟΟΥΜΕΝΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΜΝΗΜΟΣΥΝΟ ΠΕΣΟΝΤΩΝ ΑΠΟ ΤΟΝ ΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΟ ΚΑΡΠΑΣΙΑΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΦΟΡΟ ΣΤΟ ΛΟΝΔΙΝΟ
Την περασμένη Κυριακή 6 Δεκεμβρίου ο Επίσκοπος Καρπασίας Χριστόφορος προέστη δέησης για την ελευθερία της Κύπρου και διακρίβωσης της τύχης των αγνοουμένων και μνημοσύνου των υπερ της ελευθερίας της Κύπρου πεσόντων κατοίκων της χερσονήσου της Καρπασίας, που οργάνωσε ο Σύνδεσμος Ριζοκαρπασιτών Αγγλίας ,στον ιερό ναό της Παναγίας στο Γουντ Γκρήην του Βορείου Λονδίνου.
Στο κήρυγμα του ο Επίσκοπος Καρπασίας κάλεσε τους αποδήμους συμπατριώτες μας και ιδιαίτερα τους Καρπασίτες να συνεχίσουν τη συμπαράσταση τους στον αγώνα για την ελευθερία της Κύπρου και την επιστροφή των προσφύγων στις πατρογονικές τους εστίες και ιδιαίτερα στη μαρτυρική Καρπασία, όπου οι ηρωικοί εγκλωβισμένοι παραμένουν πεισματικά ριζωμένοι στη γη που τους γέννησε αναμένοντες την λύτρωση και την επανένωση τους Κύπρου και του λαού της.
Στη φωτογραφία από αριστερά ο Δρ Ανδρέας Πελεντρίτης, η Πρόεδρος των Ριζοκαρπασιτών Αγγλίας Μαρία Καραολή, ο Θεοφιλέστατος Επίσκοπος Καρπασίας Χριστόφορος, ο Συντονιστής της Εκκλησίας της Παναγίας Μάριος Μηναίδης, ο Γραμματέας της ΕΚΟ Ανδρέας Καραολής ο Εισηγητής της Εκκλησίας του Αποστόλου Βαρνάβα Ερμής Κυπριανού και ο επίτιμος Πρόεδρος της Εκκλησίας της Παναγίας Παναγιώτης Μιλτιάδης.
ASSOCIATION OF RIZOKARPASSO IN BRITAIN - DINNER & DANCE 2009
The Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain held their annual Dinner & Dance at the Cypriot Community Centre, Earlham Grove, London N22 5HJ, with 200 people participating. First, second, and third generation compatriots from Rizokarpasso and their friends attended, making the evening a truly enjoyable family evening out and creating a great community atmosphere. Special Guests were the Right Reverend Bishop Christoforos of Karpasia; His Worshipful the Mayor of the London Borough of Barnet, Cllr Brian Coleman and Mrs Coleman; The Honourable Representative of the Cyprus High Commission, Consul General, Evangelos Savva and Mrs Savva; The Right Honourable Member of Parliament for Tottenham, David Lammy, Minister for Higher Education and Intellectual Property in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills; The Honourable Member of Parliament for Hornsey & Wood Green, Lynne Featherstone, Shadow Spokesperson for Children & Equalities; The Honourable Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate, David Burrowes, Shadow Minister for Justice; The Honourable Member of the European Parliament for London, Marina Yannakoudakis. Also present was Nicos Falas, President of the Coordinating Committee of Karpasia.
The special guests commented on and were very impressed with the large gathering of young and old Cypriots and the obvious fact that there were many British born Rizokarpassides present, enjoying themselves in the company of family and friends, proud of their roots. Bishop Christoforos congratulated the Association for its work in maintaining the ethnic, religious and cultural roots of its community; Evangelos Savva congratulated the Association on its support of the enclaved and activities in raising the profile of occupied Rizokarpasso and promoting the just cause of Cyprus. Maria Karaolis, the President of the Association, in her speech emphasised: “This evening our thoughts are of Rizokarpasso, with our enclaved friends, relatives and compatriots, the upholders of human rights, who have sacrificed the last 35 years guarding our rights to our properties. We, as all the other refugees, will not allow anyone to give title or ownership of our land to anybody else; ownership of property is our basic human right. Many of us have joined forces with others to put forward a case against Turkey in the European Court of Human Rights regarding compensation for the denial of use, benefit and enjoyment of our properties since the Turkish invasion and continued occupation.”
Zoe Orchestra provided excellent music for dancing. The evening included the raffle prize draw with top prize being a return ticket to Cyprus, kindly donated by Cyprus Airways. Other raffle prizes included a painting of St Synesios Church, (donated by Maria Yannakoudakis MEP), Barnet FC signed Shirt and football, (donated by Barnet FC Chairman Tony Kleanthous), Table for Two at Vrisaki Restaurant, (donated by Vrisaki), a basket of fruit, (donated by Despina’s Food Store). The winning numbers were 0669, 0664, 0061,0159, 0163, 1252, 1499, 1062, 0883, 0511,1059, 1382.
There was also a special auction, which raised £85 from Marios Diamanti, for a signed Arsenal FC football, £95 from Pani Panayiotou for a signed Arsenal FC shirt signed by the Arsenal team both kindly donated by Tony Kleanthous, Chairman of Barnet Football Club; £95 from Iakovos Varnava for a signed Tottenham FC shirt kindly donated by the Football Association. The commemorative brochure was well illustrated, kindly supported by many advertisements and detailed the activities of the Association over the past year:
ACTIVITIES of ASSOCIATION OF RIZOKARPASSO IN BRITAIN IN 2008
£ 2,110 donation to fund €50 for each of the 48 children at school in Rizokarpasso (Christmas 2008)
£ 473 souvlakia for elderly members at General Meetings (April & November)
£ 250 donation to Radiomarathon for children with special needs
£ 200 donation to the Committee of Greek Citizens of Georgia
£ 150 wreaths
£ 100 donation to Cancer Research UK (in memory)
£ 100 donation to Lobby For Cyprus
£ 100 donation to St Christopher’s Hospice (in memory)
£ 100 Save the children fund (in memory)
£ 75 donation to Ayios Demetrios Church, Edmonton (Ayios Synesios Celebration)
£ 50 Alzheimer Society (in memory)
ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE THE CYPRUS CAUSE & THE RIGHTS OF THE ENCLAVED
Participation in the National Federation of Cypriots July Lobby, House of Commons meetings, Turkish Embassy picket, march and Trafalgar Square rally; November Picket outside the Turkish Embassy. Meetings with local and national politicians e.g. Caroline Flint MP, the then Minister of State for Europe at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Meeting with members of the Cyprus Desk at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office: Stephen McCormick (Cyprus & Greece Team Leader Europe Directorate), Sophia Hayward (Cyprus Settlement Desk Officer), Alice Cooke (Cyprus Desk Officer).
Letters to the 5 permanent member states of the UN Security Council. Letters to: the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Demetris Christofias; UN Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alexander Downer; the Secretary General of The United Nations, Ban Ki-moon; the President of the European Commission, Mr Jose Manuel Durao Barroso; the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama; the EU Swedish Presidency and the forthcoming EU Spanish Presidency. Letters to the Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Foreign Secretary David Miliband and various Members of the British Parliament including Chris Bryant, Minister of State for Europe at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Response by letters and the internet to various newspapers and organisations regarding articles on Cyprus and adverts on holidays and properties for sale in occupied Cyprus.
Participation in the POMAK conference in Cyprus (World Federation of Overseas Cypriots) in August and discussions with the British High Commissioner, Peter Millet; with Cypriot Members of Parliament; with Members of Parliament from Britain and other European countries at the conference; with the President and Vice President of the Rizokarpasso Association in Cyprus; and with Rizokarpassides from South Africa and Australia.
Partipation in the Morphou Rally in Cyprus in October and again discussions with the British High Commissioner, Peter Millet; with Members of Parliament from Britain, Cyprus and other European countries and with Members of the European Parliament.
Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain joined other
Cypriots in a
picket outside the Turkish Embassy on Sunday 15th
November, organised by the National Federation of Cypriots
in the UK, to demonstrate against the invasion and continued
occupation of Cyprus by Turkey.
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Twenty years after Berlin reunites, the division of Cyprus and its capital Nicosia still shames Turkey
On 15th November British Cypriots demonstrated outside the Turkish Embassy in London in opposition to Turkey’s continuing military occupation of northern Cyprus. The action marked the 26th anniversary of the illegal unilateral declaration of independence by the occupation regime in northern Cyprus.
Organised by the National Federation of Cypriots in the United Kingdom, the demonstration attracted Cypriots and friends of Cyprus from across the United Kingdom. Representatives from many of the Federation’s member associations and a large number of UK Cypriot students showed their resolve against the illegal occupation and the self-proclaimed pseudo-state which remains unrecognised by all countries in the world except Turkey.
The President of the National Federation of Cypriots, Mr Peter Droussiotis, led a ten-strong Federation delegation to deliver a petition to the Turkish government, calling for the withdrawal of its troops, and for Turkey’s active and tangible support for the ongoing reunification negotiations. As with previous demonstrations, Turkish embassy staff refused to receive the petition. Instead, Turkish officials communicated with the delegation via British police officers who advised the Federation President that the petition could be inserted under the Embassy’s front door provided that this was not filmed.
Mr Droussiotis commented:
“The Turkish Embassy’s refusal even to accept a simple petition from the leadership of our community in the United Kingdom is highly symbolic of Turkey’s continuing intransigence over Cyprus.
“Twenty years ago this week, the Berlin wall fell and mainland Europe was reunited. It is now more than 35 years since Turkey invaded Cyprus and, tragically, we still have a dividing wall keeping Cypriots apart in their own country which is a full member state of the European Union. Incredibly, we have military occupation of the territory of a European Union member state by a country that aspires to become a member of that Union.
“The whole world, with the exception of the occupying power, Turkey, rightly refuses to recognise the so-called ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ because it so blatantly breaches international law. The passing of time will not make this pseudo-state any less illegal or any less abhorrent. It is long overdue for Turkey to relinquish its intransigent position and show real commitment to the island’s reunification as one independent country. It is high time for the tragedy of the Cypriot people to come to an end. ”
The demonstration came only days after France’s Europe Minister, Mr Pierre Lellouche, stated his support for reunification talks and referred to the anomaly of an EU candidate country, Turkey, refusing to recognise a member state, saying “this cannot go on forever”.
A copy of the petition to the Turkish Ambassador can be found on the Federation’s website under ‘Publications’.
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Notes to Editors
- The self-proclaimed and unrecognised “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” declared its independence in 1983, nine years after the Turkish invasion and occupation of around 38% of the island. It has received diplomatic recognition only from Turkey, on which it is dependent for economic, political and military support. The rest of the international community, including the United Nations and European Union, recognises the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus over the territory of the self-declared administration in the occupied area.
- The Turkish Army maintains a large force in the occupied area in contravention of international law and despite it being denounced in several United Nations Security Council resolutions.
- Copies of the petition to the Turkish government can be found under Publications, 2009 on the Federation’s website (www.cypriotfederation.org.uk)
- The National Federation of Cypriots in the United Kingdom was founded shortly after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and has since represented the largest community of Cypriots outside of the island itself.
- The Federation is an umbrella organisation of the Cypriot community associations across the UK and seeks to coordinate the activities of more than 300,000 Britons of Cypriot origin.
- Peter Droussiotis was first elected President of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK in June 2007 and was re-elected for a second term in June 2009, the first second generation Cypriot elected to that position and the fourth President of the Federation. Peter also serves as President of Episteme – The Association of British Cypriot Professionals and has previously been a leading Labour Councillor in Haringey. A barrister by background, Peter founded PGD Strategy Limited, a specialist corporate finance and strategy consulting firm, of which he is the current Chairman in 2000, after a career which included senior roles with Credit Suisse, Minet Group (now part of Aon) and Price Waterhouse (now PWC).