Overseas Cypriots adopt resolutions
Nicosia, Aug 29 – The participants of the 16th Annual Conference of Overseas Cypriots have adopted a series of resolutions, in which they express their support for the efforts of the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Demetris Christofias to reach a solution to the Cyprus problem and urge foreign countries to exert pressure on Turkey to change its stance and contribute to the achievement of a viable solution in Cyprus.
In their resolution to the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Demetris Christofias, the World Federation for Overseas Cypriots (POMAK) and the International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (PSEKA), welcome the “sincere effort made by President Christofias for the solution to the Cyprus problem,” and express their support for Cyprus “during this new difficult effort which aims to reach a just and viable solution of our national problem.”
The organizations urged the Cypriot government and the National Council – the top advisory body of the President for the Cyprus problem – “to continue working with unity so that an agreed Cypriot, just, viable and functional solution can be achieved at the negotiations, in the UN framework, without suffocating deadlines or arbitrations”.
They also urged the international community to exert pressure on Turkey to proceed with a constructive spirit during the second phase of the direct negotiations in the effort of finding a solution to the Cyprus problem that are scheduled to begin September 3, 2009, a year after the commencement of the first phase.
In their resolution, they state that the solution to the Cyprus problem should include the termination of the Turkish occupation of Cyprus, should promote the respect of fundamental freedoms and human rights. The solution should be based on the UN Security Council resolutions on Cyprus, the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979, as well as the principles of international and European Union law.
The solution, they add, must safeguard the unity, sovereignty, and independence of Cyprus, without the presence of foreign troops, or intervention rights, with a single international personality, sovereignty and citizenship.
Overseas Cypriots urge Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership to abandon their intransigent stance so that obstacles can be overcome, and they find Turkey’s continued occupation of an EU member state unacceptable, in light of Turkey’s aspirations to join the EU.
In the joint resolution, the organizations state that the so-called isolation of the Turkish Cypriots is a result of the Turkish occupation of Cyprus, and they condemned all applications of Greek Cypriot refugees to the so-called compensation committee in the Turkish occupied areas. They also reaffirm their commitment to enhance their actions until the final vindication of Cyprus.
Cypriots of the diaspora have also adopted resolutions for Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, heads of state of the UN Security Council five permanent member states, heads of state and government of Australia, Canada, Turkey, as well as President of the European Commission, current President of the rotating EU Presidency, the Swedish Prime Minister, as well as a message for the Turkish Cypriots.
In their resolution sent to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, they call upon the government of the UK and the international community “to impress upon the Turkish side the need to constructively participate in the coming second phase of the intercommunal talks in order to reach a successful conclusion, by adhering to the UN resolutions and the agreed basis of creating a bi-communal, bi-zonal federal state with political equality among the two sides as defined in the UN resolutions, and that this state will have a single sovereignty, a single citizenship, a single international personality, as well as to impress upon Turkey to fulfill its obligations emanating from the UN Charter, the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions (541/1983 and 550/1984) and EU law, especially in view of Turkey’s status as an EU candidate country.”
They also call upon the government of the UK to work for the immediate and unconditional implementation of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights which found Turkey responsible for the continuous violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of Greek Cypriots, such as the decisions of the Fourth Interstate Case of Cyprus vs. Turkey, the case of Loizidou vs. Turkey and other relevant cases. Moreover, a similar implementation should be extended to the decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Communities such as the decisions in the case of Apostolides vs. Orams which reaffirms the right of ownership of property to those to whom it belonged before it was seized as a result of the 1974 invasion.
Meanwhile, in a message to their Turkish Cypriot compatriots, the overseas’ Cypriots call upon Turkish Cypriots, including overseas Turkish Cypriots, to join hands with them to free Cyprus from the Turkish occupation and to reunify the country.
“We urge you, at the second round of the Cyprus negotiations that will begin September 3, to achieve progress and overcome differences so that we can achieve a viable and functional solution,” the message notes.