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Cypriot youths call on UN to maintain active role
2003-05-16 14:57:12

Nicosia, May 16 (CNA) - Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political party youths have adopted a declaration saying that ''the United Nations should maintain their active role on Cyprus in order to resume talks on the basis of the Annan plan'', adding that the initiative should focus on finding a just, viable and lasting solution to the Cyprus problem.

In the declaration, which was presented today at a press conference on the occasion of the 3rd Bicommunal Forum in Budapest, Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot youth party branches also stress that the young people of Cyprus ''are no longer misled by nationalist practices of isolationism and divisionism.''|

They also express certainty that the time will come when the people of Cyprus will work, live and struggle together in a common effort to build the future of the children of a federal Cyprus.

The declaration further welcomes the easing of restrictions on free movement of citizens in Cyprus but notes that the current situation is not a solution and expresses the conviction that a federal Cyprus will benefit both communities on the island.

The Greek Cypriot Youth party branches that sign the resolution are left-wing AKEL's Youth branch EDON, the Democratic Rally's Youth branch NEDISI, the Social Democrats' NEOS, the Youth branch of the Environmentalists Movement and Democratic Party's NEDIK which participated as an observer.

The Turkish Cypriot Youth that participated in the Forum and approved the resolution were the Youth branches of the Republican Turkish Party, Patriotic Unity Movement and Communal Liberation Party.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.


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