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Opposition plans Independence Day event in ‘defence’ of Republic


Opposition parties Diko, Edek, the Citizens’ Alliance and the Greens will follow up their joint anti-occupation event held in July, with a similar one on the occasion of the anniversary of Cyprus’ Independence Day.

Although the parties have little in common, other than their tough stance and rejectionist rhetoric on the Cyprus problem – and their opposition to its handling by President Nicos Anastasiades – it appears that enough common ground has been found for a joint event to be held.

Public invitations to the event have been posted by the parties on social media. It has been scheduled for 7pm Monday at the Pallas theatre in the walled city of Nicosia, two days after Independence Day on October 1.

The invitations are accompanied by the slogan ‘Republic of Cyprus – We continue’.

In light of intensive negotiations held by Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci against a tight year-end unofficial deadline, the four parties agreed on the event’s theme to be the necessity of safeguarding the survival of the Republic of Cyprus in the event of an agreed solution.

In recent months, the so-called centre parties have demanded that any solution include a clause unambiguously stating that the reunified federal Cyprus is the “continuation of the Republic of Cyprus”.

Although none of the party leaders is scheduled to speak at the event, it has been agreed that academic and historian Petros Papapoliviou will be the speaker.

In earlier interviews and articles in the press, Papapoliviou has employed rhetoric and arguments similar to that of the four parties.

In mid-July, the parties staged a similar event, featuring Professor Vangelis Koufoudakis as speaker.

The event attracted little public interest and poor attendance.

A joint declaration by the four parties followed, in which they demanded that the solution explicitly states the continuation of the Republic of Cyprus and stated their opposition to a solution “legitimising the effects of invasion and occupation”.

“The solution must be just, viable, and functional, which requires the system of governance to operate under the rules of democracy, and not under dysfunctional clauses predicated on racist and partitionist clauses,” they added, suggesting opposition to the long-agreed principles of bizonality and political equality.

“The Republic of Cyprus must be rid of foreign troops and settlers, and become truly independent and sovereign across the entire country.”

In order to create the conditions for a just solution, the “policy of unilateral concessions must be abandoned”, the parties added.

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