The wives of the leaders of the island’s divided Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, Andri Anastasiades and Meral Akinci, expressed their support for reunification on Thursday, as they attended a concert by young musicians from both communities.
“It is a great pleasure to be here at this concert with Meral,” Anastasiades said. “This is one of many steps that push us to find a solution to the Cyprus problem together.”
“I believe that women can do a lot and that we are part of the solution to our problem. My wish is to have a solution to the problem this year,” she added.
On her part, Akinci thanked the bi-communal technical committee and the young musicians for the concert and said that women need opportunities to use all their power, knowledge, and enthusiasm to solve the Cyprus problem.
“We want to hope that the solution to the Cyprus problem and the reunification of our island is not far off,” Greek Cypriot co-chairperson of the bi-communal technical committee Androulla Vasiliou echoed.
However, she went on to say, for the eventual solution to be consolidated and stand the test of time, political will and cooperation from the political leaders will not suffice.
“We will need to create the proper climate among our people. All of us, and especially younger people, will need to believe in the solution and the peaceful coexistence as well as the cooperation between the two communities. We must believe that, together, we will be able to work towards and create our mutual future, in our mutual homeland, Cyprus”, she said.
Kani Kanol, the Turkish Cypriot co-chairperson agreed: “We fully understand the role of art and artists and particularly young artists in creating a free, independent, democratic and bright equal future,” he said in his address.