Cypriot MP, member of Democratic Rally, Rita Theodorou Superman, participated in the 4th mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean to the Middle East, which took place between September 4th and 7th.
According a press release by the House of Representatives, the mission’s first stop was Amman, where the participants met with Jordan’s Minister of Investment, Kholoud Al Saggaf and with Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy UNHCR and UNRWA in the Middle East, Leni Stenseth.
The mission then proceeded to Ramallah, where meetings were held with the Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh and the Palestinian National Council Chairman Rawhi Fattouh.
The final stop of the mission was Jerusalem, where the participating MPs were received by Knesset Speaker Amir Ohama and had separate meetings with the UN Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Tor Wennesland and the Commander of the UNIFILAroldo Lazaro Saenz.
According to the press release, during the above meetings, the Cypriot MP referred to the invasion and continuing occupation of part of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkey. She also referred to the illegal settlement of the occupied areas, as well as the “instrumentalization of immigration by the occupation power,” which sends irregular immigrants, through the occupied, to the areas under the control of the Cyprus government, as she noted.
Superman also noted that the tripartite partnerships developed by Cyprus and Greece with states in the region, which also extend to the parliamentary level, can contribute to the goal of achieving peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.
Source: Cyprus News Agency