Cyprus youth parties call for federal solution
Nicosia, Feb 11 (CNA) - EDON, the youth section of the leftwing AKEL party and the youth organisations of Turkish Cypriot parties have called on young people from both sides of the divide to promote peace and rapprochement, stressing that their vision is one of unity based on a federal solution.
EDON and the youth sections of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), the Communal Liberation Party (TKP), the Patriotic Unity Movement, the United Cyprus Party, the Cyprus Socialist Party and the Solution and European Union Party signed a declaration.
They announced during a joint press conference their decision to organise a bicommunal youth excursion to Troodos mountains, in central Cyprus, on 15 February under the slogan "Youth for a United Cyprus based on a federal solution".
In their declaration, they reaffirmed "their commitment ?? a peaceful and united Cyprus based on a federal solution to accede European Union on 1 May 2004" and stressed that they "remain focused on the efforts of the UN to achieve a solution through negotiations on the basis of the Annan Plan".
Such a settlement, the youth organisations noted, "must provide for a bizonal, bicommunal federation with a single sovereignty and one international personality, on the basis of relevant UN resolutions, the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979 and must be in accordance with the UN Charter and International Law".
The youth organisations welcomed the decision of the UN Secretary General to resume negotiations on the basis of the Annan Plan and urged "all sides to negotiate within the philosophy of the Annan Plan".
Furthermore, they said such a solution should be approved by the Cyprus people on simultaneous referenda in both communities, at a prefixed date, in order Cyprus to accede EU reunited on 1 May 2004.
The organisations underlined that the partial lifting of restrictions in the freedom of movement since April 2003 and the witnessed reunion and interaction between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots "have provided the most concrete evidence of the strong will for peace and reunification that exists among ordinary people".
They noted 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 their immediate lifting".
They called upon the youth of Cyprus to join in the struggle to promote peace and rapprochement. They said "the youth of Cyprus is no longer misled by the nationalist policies of segregation and division" but "our vision is one of a united Cyprus based on federal solution, with its people living in peace, security, democracy and prosperity".