‘Cypriots’ Voice’*, a bi-communal forum, has endorsed the joint declaration agreed between the Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders and calls on all Cypriots to contribute to its efforts to lay the groundwork of consensus in the negotiations.
The consensus, it states must be “under the spirit of the joint declaration as well as the UN Security Council resolutions, the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979, the UN plan for a comprehensive solution and the 2008 agreement regarding the Federal Structure of the New Federal Republic of Cyprus and the parity of the two constituent states”.
‘Cypriots’ Voice’ says that negotiators must think “outside the box” and focus on the solution rather than the problem.
It states that the way forward is to build trust between the two communities by catering to each side’s prime political and economic interests.
With regard to the approaching European Elections, the forum emphasises the importance of Turkish Cypriot involvement in that process, saying that:
“The political parties and groups should work towards motivating the citizens living in the northern part of Cyprus to work for the election of two Turkish Cypriot in the European Parliament to accentuate their concern about their isolation from the European Union and stipulate their commitment to participate actively in the European family”.
The bi-communal forum believes that the elections can be held in those areas in which the Government of the Republic of Cyprus exercises effective control (protocol 10, art. 2) and, as is currently being implemented in Belgium, France, Ireland and UK, Cyprus should split its constituency into two constituencies, the Greek speaking Electoral College and the Turkish speaking Electoral College.
“Cypriots’ voice” calls on the main political parties that represent the majority of Cypriots for cooperation and diligence in its efforts to achieve general consensus by the people on a negotiated settlement.
*‘Cypriots’ Voice’ is a socio-political group consisting of active members of Cypriot civil society sharing the vision of a common multicultural Cyprus where all inhabitants of all communities could live in conditions of freedom, democracy, equality, social justice, and respect of human rights and in accordance with the principles of the European Union.