Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot trade unions demand that the peace talks restart

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot unions, which organised a rally outside the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, demanded on Thursday that the Cyprus peace talks restart.

The unions handed over a joint declaration to Deputy Minister to the President, Vasilis Palmas, which was also signed by other organised groups.

Pambis Kyritsis, Secretary General of PEO, the Pancyprian Federation of Labour, read the declaration which stressed the unions’ commitment to a solution of a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality as set out in UN decisions within the framework of a reunified state with a single sovereignty, a single citizenship and a single international personality.

We have worked jointly in both communities to create the best possible preconditions among the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots, so that the result we have been struggling for over the years is achieved the declaration said.

The visit and contacts of Mrs. Lute to Cyprus, as special envoy of the UN Secretary-General, the meetings at the headquarters of the UN and the recent report submitted by the UN Secretary-General to the Security Council marks a last-ditch attempt on the part of the international community to resume the negotiation procedure, aiming at a positive outcome and opening of the path for the solution of the Cyprus problem it noted.

The unions added that the role of the leaders of the islands two communities, who are engaged in negotiations on behalf of their respective communities, was particularly important, pointing out that they must rise to the occasion and put the future of our common homeland above everything else.

The same declaration was also handed to the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mustafa Akinci.

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