By Constantinos Psillides
THE INAUGURATION of the Federal Cyprus Movement (FCM) on Sunday was a resounding success, according to one of the founding members Sotos Ktoris, who said that he hopes that the movement will foster a federal solution to the Cyprus problem.
More than 200 people, including former President George Vassiliou, were present at an outdoor site at Ayios Sozomenos village where FCM held its first meeting.
The FCM comprises Greek and Turkish Cypriots who consider the development of a “federal conscience” among all Cypriots a prerequisite to reaching a settlement.
According to Ktoris the movement’s aim is to spread the understanding of a federal state.
“We plan to move the debate away from urban centres. We will take it to the villages – each and every one of them – literally sit in the kafenedes and talk to people about federal issues over coffee.”
Long-term, the FCM plans to create an academy that will organise events and lectures on federal issues, with guests and members as speakers.
Ktoris made perfectly clear that FCM is not a political party and has no political aspirations.
“We are not here to get elected to any post. We are here to spread awareness of the benefits of the federal solution and to contribute in any way we can towards that solution,” explained Ktoris, promising a string of events to follow right after the holidays.
Ktoris told the Cyprus Mail that the public should consider a federal solution as a remedy to the island’s troubled past.
“A federal solution is the only way to patch up the wounds left by our troubled past, be it 1963 or 1974. This is the only way to move forward together,” said Ktoris.