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Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot trade unions on Thursday urged both leaders in Cyprus – President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci – to rise to the occasion and resume reunification talks the soonest possible.
In a joint declaration ahead of May Day celebrations, trade unions PEO, DEV-IS, KTAMS, KTOS, KTOEOS, BES, KOOP-SEN, DAU-SEN also say that convergences to date need to be preserved, in line with the parameters set by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
The joint deceleration was read in Greek by left-wing PEO Secretary General Pambis Kyritsis and in Turkish by DEV-IS President Hasan Felek, during a press conference in the Nicosia buffer zone.
"Bicommunal talks are the only way for the two communities to reach a settlement that reunites Cyprus and turns it into a free, independent and demilitarized country, that is the common home of all Cypriots," said the declaration.
Moreover, the Cypriot unions underlined that stagnation in the Cyprus problem is “dangerous” and to the detriment of the people of Cyprus.
This year again, trade unions, which are members of the World Federation of Trade Unions, plan to celebrate May Day with a joint event in the Nicosia buffer zone, opposite Ledra Palace, under the slogan “We insist: Solution, Reunion, Social Justice”.
"Bicommunal talks are the only way for the two communities to reach a settlement that reunites Cyprus"
The event will start at 7.30pm local time (4.30pm GMT) on May 1st.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.
Repeated rounds of talks, under UN auspices, have yielded no concrete result.