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Bicommunal peace event to take place on September 1

The meeting at the Home for Cooperation

Political parties, trade unions and organisations from both sides of the divide in Cyprus stressed on Monday their determination to continue their struggle for the reunification of the country.

In a press conference at the Home for Cooperation, in the Nicosia buffer zone, representatives of the 100 organisations said they were organising a bicommunal event on September 1, the day the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) chose to establish as an Action Day of Trade Unions for Peace.

The general secretary of PEO trade union, Sotiroula Charalambous read in Greek the joint declaration, co-signed by all the organisations, while the chairman of the Turkish Cypriot trade union Dev-Is, Koral Asam, read it in Turkish.

This year’s international day of action, it said, has an even greater significance as the dramatic developments in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion have caused heavy human and material casualties, further militarisation and arms build-up, while rising tensions in the Far East enhance the risk of a generalised conflict “with unpredictable consequences for all of humanity”.

They add that the class trade union movement of Cyprus unites its voice with the workers of the whole world in the struggle for peace, “for the dissolution of Nato and all military coalitions, for a world without wars and interventions”.

They added that the common struggle of the workers to solve the Cyprus problem and reunify Cyprus is part of the wider struggle of the peoples of the world for world peace.

“The talks process should resume as soon as possible from the point they left off in Crans-Montana since the passive passing of time, the absence of dialogue and the creation of new faits accomplis create a negative climate and lead to the final partition of our homeland,” they said.

On Thursday, September 1, there will be gatherings at 6.30pm, one in Eleftheria Square in the government-controlled area, and one in Kugulu Park in northern Nicosia, from where participants will march to Ledra Palace and the football pitch in the buffer zone there. The general secretary of the WFTU, Pambis Kyritsis, will address the event. There will also be a concert by the bi-communal group ‘Let’s sing together’.

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