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Developments in Cyprus bringing new hope, British High Commissioner says

British High Commissioner Ric Todd

British High Commissioner Ric Todd said last night the current positive atmosphere in Cyprus could not go unnoticed.

“It brings with it renewed hope. I would like to praise the two leaders for their courage and assure them of our support,” he said in his welcoming address at the Queen’s Birthday Party reception in Nicosia.

The government was represented at the event by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.

Addressing the minister, Todd said: “Minister, your presence here is one more proof of the strength of the bilateral relationship: The UK/Cyprus partnership has gone from strength to strength and we are working together on many issues in so many areas that affect both our countries.”

The High Commissioner said Cyprus was a unique place. “Its cultural heritage from Kourion to Bellapais and Othello tower to Paphos is an asset for humanity.”
He also said Cyprus and Britain had a special relationship.

“The UK is a physical and emotional second home for many Cypriots. Many Britons feel at home or have made their home in Cyprus. It is shaped by history. It is deep and emotional. But the relationship between Britain and Cyprus is not just in the past. It is in the present. It is for the future. Your presence this evening here, Minister, Ladies and Gentleman is a symbol of this.”

Meanwhile President Nicos Anastasiades was due to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron in Brussels. The meeting was scheduled for 10.30pm Cyprus time and was due to last an hour, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told the Cyprus Mail. He said no announcements would be made until today. CyBC reported that the meeting might not go ahead.

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