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New political party to seek tighter migration controls

Christos Rotsas

Former Disy MP, Christos Rotsas, on Friday said that he is to announce the establishment of a new political movement on Saturday aiming to tackle important issues the political world has failed to address so far.

The name of the new political movement will be announced on Saturday morning.

Rotsas, a former DISY MP between 2001 and 2003, told the Cyprus Mail that the need to establish a new political entity rose from the inability of parties to respond to everyday problems of the people and failure to find a solution to the Cyprus problem.

“As Mr Anastasiades so bravely admitted, all our efforts to solve the Cyprus problem to-date have failed,” Rotsas said.

He was referring to the public address of President Nicos Anastasiades last Tuesday where he presented his proposal of a decentralised federation to address the concerns of both communities in the search for a solution to the Cyprus problem.

He added that his movement’s approach to enhance the Republic’s defence – both in man power and equipment – would be a game changer.

“We have a 35,000 men strong military, but we do not equip to protect our territory, we just sit idle,” he said. “Reinforcing our deterrent would change the content of the settlement solution.”

In the past, Rotsas argued that had the Republic been prepared, the attempted coup in Turkey in 2016 would have been an opportunity to recapture the north.

The movement also calls for support of those on low wages and pensions and for stricter checks of undocumented migrants arriving in Cyprus.

“There have been mass arrivals of migrants and no one has done anything to stop them,” Rotsas said. Members of terrorist organisations could be among those arriving he said.

“Of course, we must help those who are truly refugees, people arriving from Syria, but not those arriving from Lebanon or Turkey,” he said.

One of aims of the movement, which invites those sharing the same values to join regardless of party affiliation, is to run in the European Parliament election, next year.

The presentation will take place at 11am at the Semeli hotel in Nicosia. After the collection of the 300 signatures required by the law, the coordinating committee will file to register the movement. The founding conference of the movement is expected to take place next month or in January.

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