Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot trade unions ask for immediate termination of war in Ukraine

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot trade unions have asked for the immediate termination of the war in Ukraine on the occasion of the Action Day of Trade Unions for Peace, that was established by the World Federation of Trade Unions on the 1st of September, the anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War due to the attack of Nazi Germany on Poland.

Greek Cypriot trade union PEO together with Turkish Cypriot trade unions and the bicommunal peace initiative “United Cyprus” organised on Thursday in Nicosia an event to mark the Action Day, noting in a joint declaration that this Day is more significant this year as dramatic developments in Ukraine after Russia’s invasion have caused huge human and material losses, more militarisation and have stepped up the military buildup.

Moreover they said that Cypriot employees express their support to the people suffering from war, condemn the violation of the international law, and demand the immediate termination of the war in Ukraine and to find a peaceful settlement on the basis of the international law.

As regards the Cyprus problem, the joint declaration stressed the need for the resumption of the negotiations for its solution, expressing support to a just and mutually acceptable settlement in the framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation, with a single sovereignty, a single citizenship and a single international personality, with political equality as defined by the UN resolutions, for a demilitarised and independent state that will serve Cypriots and will make the country a bridge of peace and stability for all the region.

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.

Cyprus News Agency