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Women on both sides call for peace deal

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is dedicated to reaching a comprehensive settlement on the Cyprus problem, his Special Representative in Cyprus Lisa Buttenheim said on Saturday.

Buttenheim was speaking during a handover of a joint declaration by the Women`s Movement of AKEL POGO and the Women`s Organisation of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) to mark women’s day on Sunday.

Handing over the declaration POGO Secretary General, MP Skevi Koukouma said that in it “we express our will and our position for the future of Cyprus”
“This is what we are all striving to achieve in the United Nations: a comprehensive settlement,” Buttenheim replied.
“The Secretary General is dedicated to this and we will continue to keep trying for this,” she added.

Earlier Koukouma and the head of CTP`s Women`s Organisation Sibel Sorakin read out the joint declaration in Greek and Turkish respectively.
The women urge “the leaders of the two communities to work for the resumption of the peace process under UN auspices and to commit themselves to the attainment of a solution within the framework agreed, by maintaining the achieved convergences of Christofias-Talat, as soon as possible”.

They call “for the termination of any provocative actions, since we are convinced that they obstruct the resumption of the direct negotiations, they only serve the perpetuation of the unacceptable status quo and keep hostage the prospects of a mutually acceptable solution”.

They declare “our commitment to a solution guaranteeing the respect of the human rights of all Cypriots and demilitarising our country”.
They also reminded the leaders of both communities of the significant role women could play in the peace process in Cyprus.

“We, the women of Cyprus, reassert our determination to keep working together, beyond any dividing lines and through the adoption of further initiatives, for the achievement of our common causes,” they said, adding that it was their hope that their cooperation would set the example.

 

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