IPU President praises Cyprus Parliament’s initiatives to get closer to the citizens

President of Inter � Parliamentary Union (IPU) Gabriela Cuevas Barron said Friday that Cyprus House of Representatives was a particularly active member of IPU Union and praised the parliament’s initiatives to get closer to the citizens.

The President of the IPU said that she was honored to be in Cyprus and had the opportunity to address a very active member of the body, which participates in almost all the committees of the organization. She also said that Cyprus was opening the possibility to rethink politics and institutions and that’s a very powerful message

As she said, the concept of a parallel parliament that Cyprus’ parliament was proposing, had to do with openness, transparency and inclusiveness and those are the values that the IPU wanted to promote. She added that this idea was going to give a very important message to all the parliaments represented in IPU, in a time that things are changing very fast, with new communication, social media and the need for a new relation and concept between the citizens and the political powers.

Now is the moment to rethink politics and institution just as you are doing in this House of Representatives, she said.

At the same time, she referred to the IPUs 130th anniversary this year, and said it was an opportunity for parliaments to re-engage with the highest values of humanity, such as democracy, equality, inclusiveness, and to address climate change and hate narrative that regains ground in many countries.

Speaking in the plenary, House Speaker Dimitris Syllouris said that the presence of the President of the IPU confirms the commitment of the largest international parliamentary organization to strengthening relations with the national parliaments and is a practical demonstration to the citizens of Cyprus that the Interparliamentary Union , as the only global parliamentary organization, works to protect and build global democracy, focusing on political dialogue and humanity, with respect for all and with democratic procedures.

Syllouris said that Cyprus’ Parliament has established in the recent years tripartite cooperation mechanisms involving Greece and key players in the region, such as Israel, Egypt and Jordan, to promote regional stability and growth for the benefit of the peoples and the region in general.

He also said that a key component of the positive role of the House in the region was the struggle to resolve the Cyprus problem and to achieve a viable solution on the basis of UN resolutions, international law and the principles and values of the European Union.

“The Republic of Cyprus must be able to continue to function like any other state without guarantees, invasive rights and occupying troops, in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions and with full respect for human rights,” he said.

He added that the international community must take a clear position on these issues, and that equal distance policy stimulate these efforts and encourage the raider.

He also referred to the recent Turkish moves in relation to Famagusta, expressing the gratitude of the House because the IPU has adopted since 1990 a very strong resolution on the Cyprus case.

He also stressed the commitment of Cyprus’ House to the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

Syllouris put forward the joint will to cooperate on a new approach that will take advantage of initiatives such as those undertaken by the House of Representatives with the Parallel Parliament and the Citizens House.

“Our country is a bridge of peace, stability, security and cooperation in the wider region. That is why we have been actively and equally involved since 1978 in the IPU and in its work on a world of progress, prosperity, peace and security, he said.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The last round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Varosha, the fenced � off part of the once thriving holiday resort of Famagusta, on the eastern coast of Cyprus, has been sealed since the 1974 Turkish invasion and according to the UN, the Turkish military is responsible for it. Repeated attempts to hand the area to UN administration and its Greek Cypriot legal inhabitants have so far failed due to the stance of the Turkish army.

Source: Cyprus News Agency