KKK-AKEL celebrates 80 years of existence
Nicosia, Apr 24 (CNA) - Leftwing AKEL envisions a united Cyprus, truly independent, democratic and peaceful, that will be the common homeland of Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronites, Armenians and Roman Catholics, in which diversity in national origin, language and religion would harmoniously coexist in a common civilisation.
In a declaration adopted at a pancyprian congress in Nicosia to mark the 80th anniversary of the Cyprus Communist Party (KKK), which later became AKEL, the party notes that it is struggling for a peaceful solution of the Cyprus problem in the context of the UN and on the basis of UN resolutions and the high level agreements of 1977 and 1979.
The congress was addressed by President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos, as well as Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political party leaders or representatives, while messages were sent in from dignitaries abroad. The key speaker at the congress was AKEL General Secretary, President of the House of Representatives, Demetris Christofias. A short film was also shown about the history and struggles of KKK-AKEL.
Addressing the congress, President Papadopoulos said the atmosphere around the Cyprus problem has improved significantly and many countries now accept the necessity of bringing about changes to the settlement plan proposed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, in a way that would truly reunite the island and would ensure the functionality and viability of the solution.
He added that Cyprus' accession to the EU creates the conditions to improve aspects of the solution and noted that the content of the solution should be of interest to the EU as well and for this reason Cyprus was seeking a more active role for the Union in the process of achieving a settlement.
He furthermore thanked the leadership and members of AKEL for working so hard and contributing to his election to the presidency of the Republic two years ago, and the subsequent formation of a government in cooperation with AKEL.
In his speech, Christofias called on the UN to undertake a new initiative to solve the Cyprus problem and expressed the readiness of the Greek Cypriot side for a dialogue and a solution, and the readiness of AKEL to contribute to the creation of a more favourable atmosphere for the resumption of talks, by intensifying its contacts and meetings with Turkish Cypriot parties that wish for peace and a settlement.
Christofias noted that his party has been on the front line of the struggle for the freedom of Cyprus and said the aim should be an agreed settlement the soonest possible, on the basis of the Annan plan but away from suffocating timeframes and arbitration.
He said the National Council, the top advisory body to the President on the handling of the Cyprus problem, had defined the areas where the Greek Cypriot side would pursue changes to the Annan plan and gave the clear message that the Greek Cypriot side was ready for a serious dialogue and a settlement.