Citizens gather in bicommunal event demanding Cyprus reunification

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot citizens gathered on Saturday morning in the buffer zone of the Ledra Street crossing point dividing the capital of Nicosia between the government controlled areas and the Turkish occupied areas and demanded the reunfication of Cyprus.

Participants called for peace and solution in the Greek, English and Turkish languages, using whistles, drums, flags and a plethora of homemade banners reading slogans such as Peace Now, We Want Peace Now, Help us Reunite, Leaders Listen: Solution Now, Unicorns Want Peace and We are Cypriots. They sang Cypriot songs and marched holding hands demonstrating their will to reunite the island.

We do not want barbed wires, we do not want more cemeteries; we want peace and democracy. We want unity. We want the reunification of the island, Greek Cypriot head of the Technical Committee for the Cultural Heritage Takis Hadjidemetriou, who took part in the event said.

We will remain united and will continue the struggle, retaining the vision of the Cyprus of tomorrow alive, he noted, adding that we will solve it in our own way. Each citizen individually. Each Greek Cypriot together with his Turkish Cypriot compatriot and everyone together with cooperative projects.

We can and will find the way of cooperation transcending barbed wires and making the divisions obsolete, he said.

On her part speaking on behalf of the group of citizens Turkish Cypriot journalist Esra Aygin thanked everyone for coming.

You are not part of a political party telling you to be here, you are not part of a union telling you to be here, you are here because your heart is telling you to be here, she said.

And that, she added, is very important and that is where the power comes from right from the heart.

As Cypriots, Aygin said, the only way we can have a future in this island is to have a solution, a reunified island, one Cyprus.

This, she pointed out, is the only way we are going to have a better future, a safe future, a wealthy future; The other way the partition is just going to throw us into dangerous waters.

Citizens have been meeting every day for a week now at the Ledra Street crossing point at 1900 hours local time, a practice which will continue.

A leaflet distributed during the event reads that we are Cypriots, who cannot just sit and watch the leaders let the chance of peace in Cyprus slip away. They call on everyone who feels the same way in your heart to join them.

Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN led talks have been ongoing aiming to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency