Declaration Mobilisation 24th April, 2021

Ενημέρωση στις April 19, 2021

Cyprus is yet again at critical crossroads. Before the danger of permanent division and tension, we are demanding that the political leaderships on both sides abandon their express or covert opposition to a Federal solution and respond positively and clearly to the UN SG proposals.

In contrast to the lack of political will by the leadership, conditions within Civil Society on both sides of the barbed wire are completely different. Despite widespread disappointment, Turkish and Greek Cypriots have demonstrated an unprecedented resolution in their will for reunification and peace in a Bi-zonal, Bi-communal Federation. Under these conditions, Civil Society is taking the lead.

Greek and Turkish Cypriots are mobilising and with determination rise above the negative atmosphere created by current leadership on both sides to demand immediate and specific positive steps for the resumption of substansive negotiations on the agreed basis for reunification.

We resolutely declare that:

1. Reunification in a Bi-zonal, Bi-communal Federation with political equality as defined by UN resolutions and an end to the interventions of third parties is the only option for a peaceful future.

2. The convergences that were reached up to and at the end of the Conference on Cyprus at Crans Montana and the 6-point framework of the UN Secretary General on the table equally constitute the only pragmatic option for positive immediate developments. Respecting the right of T/C for effective participation at all levels of decision making and adopting a mutually agreed new security arrangement as proposed by UN Secretary General is essential for an agreement to be reached.

3. We demand the immediate opening of all crossing points from north to south and vice-versa as provided by the recent UN Security Council Resolution with all necessary health controls at crossing points as implemented in other parts of the Island. The Bi-communal Committee on Health must be empowered to enhance cooperation between the two communities. In a spirit of solidarity, cooperation in all fields must be strengthened to combat the pandemic in the difficult months ahead. This means enhancing trade and employment in all parts of our de facto divided country and access to international markets based on the Green Line Regulation to minimize the negative economic burden on the T/C community resulting from the prevailing extraordinary conditions.

4. An immediate moratorium on all actions in the Eastern Mediterranean that tend to fuel the prevailing volatile situation in the area is essential to providing the required space and time for the negotiation process to yield results. At the same time the environmental issues related to hydrocarbon field exploration and development need to be carefully reconsidered in line with current needs for impact and risk minimization.

5. We call upon the UN Secretary General to take practical steps to implement the UN Security Council resolutions on Famagusta, including the proposal for a bi-communal technical committee of experts and representatives to plan and develop the closed areas of Famagusta with a view to returning it to its pre-1974 inhabitants under an interim UN administration.

We, organisations, movements and people that represent Civil Society, Turkish and Greek Cypriots, reaffirm our commitment to and support for the convergences achieved to date, confident that these provide the framework for a comprehensive settlement acceptable to both sides. It is underscored that both sides have converged and repeatedly affirmed that the solution shall lead to a reunified bi-zonal bi-communal federation with a single sovereignty, single international personality and single citizenship. These convergences represent the most valuable asset along the road of a peaceful resolution of the Cyprus problem.

We remain committed to work for a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality as defined by relevant UN Security Council resolutions, for a reunited country free from third party interventions and for a peaceful future for the generations to come. A reunited peaceful Cyprus can contribute to the normalisation of relations between Turkey and Greece so that the three countries can constitute a pillar of cooperation and a bridge of peace in the Eastern Mediterranean and the wider area. Turkish and Greek Cypriots share this common vision and united we demand respect to our common will for the reunification of our country.

Greek and Turkish Cypriots are marching together along the common route to reunification, rejecting all proposals leading to partition of all forms. Walking along together is the essence of success!