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AKEL ‘working with other peace-loving forces’ for a Cyprus solution

Communist AKEL general-secretary Andros Kyprianou said on Thursday that the party was working with other peace-loving forces on the island to help create a ‘dynamic solution’ to the Cyprus problem.

“But not just ‘any solution’, he said, “a solution that will reunite the island on the basis of a bizonal bicommunal federation, which will lead to a state with a single sovereignty, international personality and citizenship, a solution without guarantees, without intervention rights and foreign armies, a solution based on the relevant UN resolutions, the High Level Agreements, international and European law, a solution that will serve the people of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and the cause of peace in the region.”

Kyprianou was addressing the opening of the party’s 22nd conference, in Nicosia which will go on until Sunday.

“It is our duty not to let more time go by, further consolidating the fait accomplis on the ground. This would result in permanent colonisation and bring us closer to the partition,” Kyprianou added.

“We are fully aware of the difficulties we will meet in trying to achieve a solution. But we have faith in our cause. We have confidence in the strength of our arguments. So we need to operate consistently, collectively and seriously for an early solution. This way we will be able to demand the international community exert its influence on Turkey to reach an agreement.”

Also due to address the conference are President Nicos Anastasiades and later in the afternoon Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis who is expected to brief foreign delegates on Cyprus developments .

The convention, which is held only once every five years is to focus on the party’s role in society. Elections of top officials will also take place. The theme of the convention is “strength comes from the struggle, hope comes from the Left”.

A total of 1,500 party members are due to attend, along with foreign guests.


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