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Bicommunal Event to Support Children with Special Needs Takes Place in Nicosia
2009-01-12 14:38:30

Nicosia, Jan 9 – With the aim to support all children with special needs in Cyprus, Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot children 10-15 years old gathered on Friday along the Venetian Walls in the heart of Nicosia to create a large hoop and scatter light with specially designed lanterns.

The bicommunal event entitled “The Hoop of Love”, aiming also to bring together the younger generations of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots through humanitarian events, was organized under the auspices of the first lady of Cyprus Elsi Christofia and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat’s spouse Oyia.

Cyprus President Demetris Christofias commended the two ladies for their common initiative, noting that pain, grief, problems and joys have not national origin but are common. He said that this event is a good example to address such problems.

Addressing the event, Elsi Christofia said that with their lanterns the students do not only illuminate Nicosia but also give hope for a better life for children with special needs.

She said that “The Hoop of Love” can really embrace all of us, young and older ones, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, underlining that the responsibility towards the children with special needs, toward the children of Cyprus is common.

Elsi Christofias also thanked Oyia Talat for her cooperation and the common effort and the students, their children and all volunteers which supported this humanitarian initiative with enthusiasm.

On her part Oyia Talat stressed the aim of building a friendly relationship between the two sides in Cyprus, which were deprived of cooperation for so many years.

She also underlined that love is over political conflicts and that everyone must help to improve the cooperation between the two communities.

Furthermore she noted the need for continuous peace that will “safeguard our honor and dignity through extended negotiations that our leaders have launched,” adding that “we are here tonight to establish a culture of peace that will be developed based on mutual understanding, respect and love.”

She thanked all the institutions, organizations, businesses and persons who contributed to this event as well as Elsi Christofia for her friendship, courage, sincerity and faith.

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