Statement by Stefanos Stefanou, AKEL C.C. Spokesperson
With regards the results of Geneva and the ongoing developments on the Cyprus problem, as a first reaction we note the following:
The fact that both sides simultaneously submitted maps for the first time is positive. Regardless of the fact that the Turkish Cypriot proposal is not satisfactory, the tabling of maps creates the preconditions for a concrete negotiation and the achievement of an agreement on the territorial issue.
Alexis Tsipras and Dimitris Koutsoumpas. Photo: KKEOn Monday 9th of January, the GS of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumpas, met with the Prime Minister, in the framework of the round of meetings conducted by Alexis Tsipras with the Party Leaders in order to inform them about the developments concerning the Cyprus negotiations. After the meeting, the GS of the CC of the KKE made the following statement:
»The Cyprus Issue is a problem of invasion and occupation. If we want to talk about a negotiation which will lead to a solution, that means first of all the immediate withdrawal of all the occupation forces. That means the abolition of the regime of guarantees.
In the light of the recent developments and critical phase the negotiation procedure on the Cyprus problem is going through, the plenary of the Central Committee of AKEL convened today, which unanimously approved this statement. During the session, the Central Committee of AKEL discussed developments as they are evolving so far, taking into account that a formal and comprehensive briefing of the political party leaders by the President of the Republic is imminent.
The GS of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumpas, met on Thursday the 17th of November with the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades. After the meeting, the GS of the CC of the KKE made the following statement:
"We expressed our great concern and at the same time our opposition to a dichotomous, confederal solution to the Cyprus issue, which will not unite but, on the contrary, will divide the Cypriot people.
The Youth and Student Organizations, decided to establish the Cyprus National Preparatory Committee for the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS), that will take place in Russia between the 14th and 22nd of October, 2017. The Cyprus NPC can be joined by all interested Organizations that recognize its character and context and comply with the declarations of the 19th WFYS and the Cyprus NPC.
The youth of the world, according to the history and the tradition of the social and revolutionary struggles, have always been a vital part of the struggle in every society for progress and social justice. In a world that imperialism presents itself as inevitability, the anti-imperialist struggle of the youth and the peoples is proven as a necessity. The answer of the youth in the defeat of imperialism, is found in its militant present in the struggle for youth rights and in all the common struggles of the peoples for a society of peace, solidarity and social justice.
In its plenary session today, the Central Committee of AKEL conducted an in depth discussion on developments surrounding the Cyprus problem. It also dealt with developments in Turkey and how they affect the effort to solve the Cyprus problem. The C.C. of AKEL unanimously approved the party leadership’s handling of the Cyprus problem in the period that has elapsed since the previous session of the body.
The current negotiation procedure is a continuation of the effort that began in 2008. The C.C. proceeded to a comprehensive and detailed analysis of developments since then to this day so that the current state of play in the negotiations is made fully understandable.