Three Cypriot overseas organisations in Britain have called on both leaders of the two Cypriot communities to make all efforts for a speedy solution to the Cyprus problem.
In a joint declaration, the Enfield Cypriots Association, the Turkish Cypriot Association for Democracy and the Union of Cypriots in Britain stated their support for the continuation of the talks between the two community leaders and “urge both of them to work harder aiming to reach an acceptable solution as quickly as possible as the passing of time only complicates things further”.
The declaration states that the message of both communities is: “loud and clear, the overwhelming majority of the Cypriot people are looking forward to a peaceful solution to reunify our country. We do not accept the continuation of the status-quo or the partition of our country.
“We call upon the leaders of both communities and remind them of their responsibilities including during the intercommunal talks to cultivate policies and actions against the resurgence of nationalism-chauvinism and intolerance”.
Referring to the settlement itself, the three organisations note that a reunification agreement should include the “complete demilitarisation on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federal basis with political equality as set out by the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council; a solution that will safeguard a single sovereignty, a single international personality and a single citizenship, as well as the respect of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all the citizens of the united Republic of Cyprus”.
The joint declaration was distributed at the recent Wine Festival in north London to visitors and has also been sent to both leaders, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci.