News Local Cross-party Cyprus peace initiative officially launched

Cross-party Cyprus peace initiative officially launched

A cross-party initiative called “Apofasi Irinis” (decision for peace) was officially launched at a press conference in Nicosia on Wednesday aiming at informing public opinion, on both sides of the divided island, about a bizonal bicommunal federal solution.

Members of the group advocate strongly a political settlement, saying they are determined to work for peace, to the benefit of future generations. The group comprises prominent politicians from all spectrums of the political arena, including former foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides, former Interior minister Andreas Christou, former attorney general Alecos Markides and former finance minister Kikis Kazamias.  Individuals not affiliated with any political party are also behind the new peace movement.

In a declaration read out at the press conference, the group expressed their support for a bizonal bicommunal federation, noted that the Gutteres framework could be a point of reference, called for constructive participation in negotiations, advocated cooperation with all political powers backing a federal solution and stressed the need for transparent and frank information of the political leadership and society at large about the course of Cyprus peace talks.

Addressing the conference, Kasoulides welcomed the array of politicians and local personalities from all walks of life participating in this initiative, stressing that the group is neither an initiative in opposition or a group wishing to exert pressure on the government.

Markides told the audience the group has established that there is no proper and correct information among the people about a bizonal bicommunal federal solution. He said it is necessary to connect with Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, on both sides of the divide, who share the same concerns and views.

Political activist Nicos Mesaritis, in his opening remarks, said a political solution is just the beginning, not the end of the road. He also stressed that the initiative is neither a political party nor a movement, nor do they intend to evolve into one. “Peace has to be secured now, we have taken the decision to work for peace,” he said.

Kazamias and Christou spoke along the same lines.

By Maria Myles 


Read more:

Top Stories

PM Mitsotakis: Greece-Egypt’s agreement on maritime zones a national success

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Friday that the agreement between Greece and Egypt for the delimitation of their maritime zones, reached on Thursday,...

Cyprus’ President calls on Cypriots to donate food for Lebanon

Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades has called on Cypriot citizens, companies and businesses to contribute by donating generously to the campaign for collecting specific kinds...

Cyprus rescue teams begin operations in Beirut

Cyprus rescue teams which are in Lebanon began their operations since 7 am on Friday, in cooperation with a team from Qatar in Beirut`s...

Toddler almost drowned in Paralimni

A 14-month-old girl almost drowned on Friday morning at Paralimni. According to police, it was around 8:30 am when the baby girl who resides in...

Municipalities in partial suspension of payments

The chairman of the Union of Municipalities Andreas Vyras, revealed the dire financial situation in which the municipalities find themselves due to reduced revenues...


Octopus ‘Kathisto’ (or Octopus braised in Wine)

Ingredients: 1/2 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped fine 1 large octopus, about 2kg (cleaned and kept whole) 3/4 cup dry red wine 1/3 cup...

Homemade lemonade

Ingredients: 1 cup lemon juice 1 cup sugar Method: Thoroughly wash the lemons with soap and warm water. Roll each lemon with the palm of your hand, pressing...

‘Striftaria’ mini cheese pies

Ingredients 1 ½ cup milk 2 tbsps. flour 4 tsps. of butter 3 eggs, slightly beaten + 1 extra with 1 tbs. of milk for spreading 1 pack of...

Mini potato canapes baked on salt

Ingredients Serves: 12 1kg small Cypriot potatoes rock salt, as needed 250g salted butter 300ml full fat cremé frâiche 1 pot cod or salmon roe Method Prep:20min › Cook:35min › Ready in:55min Take...