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Unite Cyprus movement says down but not out

Members of the bi-communal UniteCyprusNow movement, on Friday expressed through social media their disappointment after the two leaders failed to reach a solution to the Cyprus problem, saying they would continue their struggle for the island’s reunification.

Turkish Cypriot Dogukan Muezzinler, said that the failure of a diplomatic process could not harm the strong bonds created by the struggles of both communities.

“I’m deeply sad but not broken. None of us should be. We have started building a new kind of awareness together. We will build peace in Cyprus from the ground up. This is not over. We will find a new way and begin again,” he noted.

Tina Adamidou, a Greek Cypriot member of the movement, also said nothing was over yet.

“I have the saying ‘when the going gets tough, the tough gets going” spinning around in my head. Yes, it’s a setback, but it is not over by a long shot. UniteCyprusNow has worked towards a fair solution and one way or another we are going to get one!”
UniteCyprusNow has held demonstrations on week nights at 7pm and on Saturday morning for more than a month to show support for the ongoing talks and to ensure the leaders fulfil their promise to the people of Cyprus.

People of the movement say change can only come from the bottom up, from the ordinary people, so they refuse to just sit back and wait for the leaders to solve everything.

They know that for a solution to work the two communities must create strong bonds with each other and overcome the fear created over the past years.

Ten members of UniteCyprusNow have travelled to Geneva with the sponsorship of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, which has been supporting bi-communal projects and activities to promote lasting peace and was set up by Greek Cypriot philanthropist and easyJet founder Stelios Hadji-Ioannou.

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