PEO and DEV-IS trade unions reaffirm commitment for a Cyprus settlement

Trade union representatives from PEO and DEV-IS met on Tuesday in Nicosia, underlining their unswerving commitment to a Cyprus settlement providing for a bizonal bicommunal federation with political equality and a single sovereignty, citizenship and international personality.

In a joint statement after the meeting at PEO headquarters, PEO and DEV-IS also call on both leaders to rise to the occasion and proceed with negotiations adopting a creative approach while safeguarding existing convergences.

Bicommunal talks are the only path to reaching an agreement between the two communities for a solution providing Cyprus’ reunification, turning it into a free, independent and demilitarized country that is home to all Cypriots, they add.

Both trade unions also express concern that talks were interrupted and note that the ongoing stagnation is very dangerous for the Cypriot people.

Moreover, PEO and DEV-IS also say that natural resources in the exclusive economic zone need to be a catalyst for a Cyprus settlement. This wealth needs to be distributed fairly and equitably among all citizens of a reunited federal Republic of Cyprus, it is added.

Both organizations call finally for the opening of the crossing points in Deryneia in the east and Lefka-Apliki in the west, the soonest possible.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Numerous UN-backed rounds of negotiations to reunite the island under a federal roof have not yet yielded result. The latest round of talks took place in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana but ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency