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Leftist unions to unite for peace event

PEO's Pambos Kyritsis

Leftist workers’ unions from both sides of the divide announced on Thursday they would be holding a joint event on September 1 to mark the International Day of Trade Union for Peace.

The event, which is to take place at Ledra Palace in the UN buffer zone in Nicosia at 7pm, is being organised by PEO union and DEV-IS, KTAMS, KTOS, KTOEOS, BES, KOOP-SEN unions from the north all members and affiliated organisations of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU).

PEO boss Pambis Kyritsis said at the press conference to announce the event, that the WFTU set September 1 as the International Day of Trade Union for Peace in the memory of “the millions of victims of Nazism and fascism”.

The peoples of the world, Kyritsis said, are still struggling for peace.

“We express our solidarity to the peoples experiencing the evils of imperialist interventions and wars and we unite our voices with the peaceful progressive forces in the world fighting for world peace based on respect for principles of international law, against the imperialist new order,” he said.

He said that they also condemn the July 15, 1974 coup of the “fascist” Greek junta as well as the coup attempt in Turkey 42 years later.

“We are against all coups, attempts of coups and undemocratic actions no matter where they derive form,” Kyritsis said. The solution, he said, is always “democracy, justice, peace, brotherhood, freedom of thought and faith”.

He added that workers from all over the world are faced with the consequences of the “deep crisis in the capitalist system”, while economic inequality, exploitation and poverty are on the rise.

The international economic crisis and its consequences, Kyritsis said, showcase the common class interests of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and the need to intensify common struggles but also solidarity between them.

For the class unions of Cyprus, he said, “and for the progressive people of this country”, the solution of the Cyprus problem and the reunification of the country is a top priority.

“We call on the two leaders to work with … decisiveness … to reach the soonest possible a just and mutually acceptable solution … that will reunite our people and our country,” Kyritsis said.

He added that joint actions of the progressive forces in both communities is an “embankment to chauvinism, the cultivation of racism, nationalism and neo-fascism and a strong resistance to hatred and intolerance”.


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