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CPDC Urges EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to Take Action Following Cyprus Visit


The Cyprus Peace and Dialogue Centre (CPDC) policy group has addressed a letter to the President of the EU Commission, Madam Ursula von der Leyen, in the wake of her recent visit to Cyprus commemorating the 20th anniversary of its accession to the European Union. 


A Time for Determined Action

In this letter, the CPDC, representing both Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot individuals, emphasises the pressing need to address the long-term impacts of the current status quo in Cyprus. They reaffirm their commitment to the belief that, given the necessary political will, a realistic path to resume negotiations, but this time in a phased, meaningful, transparent 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 Role of the European Union

The CPDC underscores that the resumption of talks will necessitate active diplomacy from the EU. They call for encouragement of dialogue, clear statements denouncing the continuation of the current situation as unacceptable, and an elucidation of the risks posed by failure should talks resume. Drawing inspiration from Robert Schumann's words, "world peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it," the CPDC implores the EU to demonstrate its full commitment to assisting both Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots in finding a resolution. 


The Broader Implications

The CPDC notes that a solution in Cyprus could serve as a powerful example for resolving other regional and international conflicts worldwide. Notable signatories to the letter include Former Foreign Minister and Turkish Cypriot Negotiator Özdil Nami, Dr. Erato Kozakou Marcoullis, Former Foreign Minister, and CPDC’s General Coordinator Dr. Meltem Onurkan-Samani. 


Call for Joint Efforts

The CPDC remains committed to fostering dialogue and promoting reconciliation. We strongly embrace the Security Council position that the negotiations should ensure transparency and effective participation; including the participation of women and youth as well as members of the civil society. The CPDC will continue working towards a sustainable resolution to the Cyprus issue, and looks forward to collaboration with the EU in this endeavour.


Letter to Madam President Ursula von der Leyen
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