35th Annual Congress of IPA Cyprus

12 Dec 2018

The 35th Annual Congress of Section Cyprus was hosted this year by the IPA Region of Famagusta, from 25-28 October 2018.

The official opening of the Congress took place at the ‘Museum Thalassa’ Congress Hall in Ayia Napa on 27 October 2018, and was attended by the members of the National Executive Board of the Section and representatives from the six IPA regions of Cyprus: Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos, Famagusta and Morphou.

Foreign delegations from Greece, Israel, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Russia and the United Kingdom also participated in the congress, and the IPA Vice President, Gal Sharon, attended as our special guest and addressed the delegations from Cyprus as well as all other guests who were present in the conference room.

Besides the congress work, the programme was enriched by many IPA activities, including guided sightseeing tours, visits to archeological and historical places, and all of our guests were given the opportunity to get a taste of the Cypriot culture, as well as the friendliness and hospitality of our people. They were also able to discover some of the beautiful sights of Cyprus. The congress participants were briefed about the IPA’s work and other IPA activities carried out by the Section and the IPA regions during the year under review. The heads of the foreign delegations addressed the congress participants and expressed their thanks for the invitation.

During the meeting, the President of Section Cyprus and the regional chairmen briefed all participants about the IPA work achieved during the year, and the decisions taken by the NEC were approved. Future plans and projects were also discussed, and the delegates were informed that IPA Cyprus will continue its efforts to promote the IPA’s ideals in the Middle East and especially in Arab countries.

Despite facing various problems, and with some governments not understanding fully that the IPA is not involved with politics or trade unions, we will continue our efforts. We will also continue following the development of the situation of the IPA in Turkey; however, unfortunately there is little we can do to assist at the moment.

Michael Odysseos, President IPA Cyprus