Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot parties have said they fully back the nomination of journalist Sevgul Uludag for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
In a joint statement, the parties said they agreed during their latest meeting at the Ledra Palace hotel held under the auspices of the Slovak Embassy to lend their support to Uludag.
The investigative Turkish Cypriot journalist Sevgul Uludag was put forward for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize after the proposal by Greek Cypriot professor, Anna Agathangelou.
“Uludag has been working for the past 18 years to heal the wounds of both Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots who have missing persons in their families and who are still suffering the traumas of the past,” the joint statement said, and as such, her nomination has received the overwhelming support of people from both communities.
They added that Uludag has been a pioneer in the type of journalism that Cyprus needs “humanitarian, objective and taking care of the needs and concerns of both communities.” Her work highlights that the suffering of both communities is human suffering they said, “and that is why the communities must be encouraged to face their past as well as have a dialogue about their future.”
The parties said they commend the tireless efforts of many other dedicated individuals from both communities who have contributed to resolving this painful humanitarian issue.
“We salute Ms Uludag’s tireless work for reconciliation and peace in Cyprus and extend our full support regarding her nomination to Nobel Peace Prize for 2019.”