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Cyprus youth calls for a Cyprus solution the soonest
2003-09-16 18:04:53

Nicosia, Sep 15 (CNA) - The Cyprus Bicommunal Youth Forum called here today for the resumption of the UN-led talks on the basis of Secretary General Kofi Annan's plan, with the aim to achieve a comprehensive and lasting settlement to the Cyprus problem ''as soon as possible''.

In a common declaration read out by Social Democrats Movement EDEK Youth President, Yiangos Yiangoulis, the Youth Forum notes that ''despite the efforts of the UN and the international community at large, the bicommunal talks under the auspices of the UN have failed to result a comprehensive settlement on the Cyprus problem, due to Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's unwillingness at The Hague on March 2003 to agree to put the UN plan to a referendum''.

''Despite these negative developments, we strongly believe that the UN should remain actively involved on Cyprus and resume negotiations on the basis of the revised Annan Plan'', the declaration writes, adding ''such a revived initiative must aim at achieving, as soon as possible, a comprehensive, workable and lasting settlement to the Cyprus problem''.

The common declaration which was also read out in both Greek and Turkish, will be also read out in a bicommunal Youth March to take place tomorrow at Ledra Palace under the slogan ''United Youth for a United Cyprus''.

''The partial lifting of the restrictions in the free movement since April 2002 and the witnessed reunion and interaction between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, has provided the most concrete evidence of the strong willingness that exists among ordinary people for peace and reunification'', the declaration notes.

However it adds ''while welcoming the positive atmosphere brought about by the interaction between G/C and T/C, we consider the requirement of passport presentation and all other restrictions as totally unacceptable and outside the spirit of good will and reconciliation and we call for its immediate lifting''.

It also calls on Cypriot youth to join them in the struggle for promoting peace and rapprochement thus strengthening our cause for a solution based on the Annan plan and the reunification of our common country''.

''We want a reunited Cyprus to enter the European Union on May 2004'', the declaration concluded.

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