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Cyprus Peace and Dialogue Centre (CPDC) and Determination for Peace (Apofasi Irinis) Joint Declaration

Updated: Apr 9


We, as members of CPDC and Apofasi Irinis, stand united in our overwhelming

concern over the continuing political deadlock and the lack of a negotiating process

leading to a comprehensive solution in Cyprus. The prolonged status-quo in Cyprus is

unacceptable, dangerous and unsustainable. It creates a deeper social and cultural

division that affects every aspect of life in our communities. It also hampers economic

opportunities, creates barriers to education and cultural exchange and, most

importantly, prevents the realization of a peaceful, harmonious and prosperous Cyprus.

We strongly believe that the solution of the Cyprus problem is not just desirable, but

essential. Such a solution should address the legitimate concerns and aspirations of

both communities, ensuring political equality, security and mutual respect as well as

their common future within the European Union. As such, it must be rooted in the

principles upon which the EU is founded, i.e. democracy, human rights and the rule of

law.


The need for such a solution is urgent. The longer the status-quo persists, the harder it

becomes for Cypriots to exploit all the remarkable talents inherent in both communities,

to realize their true potential through joint governance and cooperation and to respond

more effectively against global challenges and risks that may lie ahead.

As the Secretary-General H.E. Mr. António Guterres stressed, we also firmly believe

that “the essence of a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem is practically

there”, and a solution based on a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political

equality could be found if there is necessary political will and determination. Recent bi-

communal research findings show that there is a clear and growing majority in both

communities that can accept such a solution provided they are given the right

incentives.


In that regard, the High Level Agreements, the Joint Declaration of 11 February 2014,

as well as all prior convergences achieved to date should be upheld by the two sides,

and the comprehensive negotiations should resume from the point they were

terminated in Crans-Montana in line with the six-point framework presented by the

Secretary-General on 30 June 2017, as well as his statement of 25 November 2019,

with a view to achieving a comprehensive and durable settlement to the Cyprus

problem.


However, this time must be different. The negotiations should resume in a phased,

meaningful and results-oriented manner with a mechanism agreed by the parties for

resolving possible impasses, leading to a comprehensive settlement agreement that

would be submitted for the approval of both communities in separate, simultaneous

referenda. As the continuation of the status-quo is unacceptable and unsustainable, it

should not be among possible outcomes. The consequences of a new failure should be

made clear to both sides. We also strongly embrace the Security Council position that

the negotiations should ensure transparency and effective participation of women and

youth as well as members of the civil society.


As a pro-solution Cypriot civil society initiative and a strong supporter of a federal

settlement, we firmly believe that in order to achieve a successful outcome in both

referenda, the respective publics should be well-informed through intensive public

information campaigns throughout the process of negotiations.


To this end, we call upon our leaders, the international community and all stakeholders

to commit themselves to a comprehensive and durable solution of the Cyprus problem

with a sense of urgency, which would be of utmost importance to the future well-being

of both communities.


We would also like to emphasize that we are ready to support the efforts of the newly

appointed Personal Envoy of the UNSG, H.E. Ms. María Ángela Holguín Cuellar, for the

resumption of a renewed process, based on the agreed framework and taking on board

the entire body of work of the negotiations, and commit ourselves to contribute to a

sustainable solution in Cyprus.


Signed by (in alphabetical order)

Pavlos ANASTASIADES

Andreas ASHIOTIS

Derya BEYATLI

Ipek BORMAN

Umut BOZKURT

Barış BURCU

Katie CLERIDES

Emine ÇOLAK

Themos DEMETRIOU

Erhan ERÇİN

Selma EYLEM

Alexandra GALANOU

Andy GEORGIOU

Emete İMGE

Bülent KANOL

Ioannis KASOULIDES

Kikis KAZAMIAS

Gregory KONYALIAN

Meltem ONURKAN SAMANİ

Erato KOZAKOU MARCOULLIS

Burak MAVİŞ

Manthos MAVROMATIS

Nikos MESARITIS

Özdil NAMİ

Charis PSALTIS

Hüseyin SİLMAN

Layık TOPCAN

Alecos TRINGIDES

Bulut UNVAN

Christina VALANIDOU

Androulla VASSILIOU

Mine YÜCEL





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