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On 14 January 2016 a ceremony was held by the All-Cyprus Trade Unions Forum. The ceremony aimed to deliver several memoranda to the leaders of the Greek-Cypriot and the Turkish-Cypriot community, Nikos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akıncı resperctively.The memoranda concerned seven Thematic Conferences, that were organised by... 

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Delivering the Memoranda to the Leaders of the Two Communities

On 14 January 2016 a ceremony was held by the project's Social Actors Network. The ceremony aimed to deliver several memoranda to the leaders of the Greek-Cypriot and the Turkish-Cypriot community, Nikos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akıncı respectively. The memoranda concerned seven Thematic Conferences, that were organised by the All-Cyprus Trade Unions Forum, under the project The Future of Our Country Matters: Social Actors Have their Say. The Conferences aimed to engage social actors in a structured dialogue regarding different issues concerning the envisaged united Cyprus.

More particularly, seven conferences took place related to issues such as the freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining, social insurance and social protection, policies for employment and its protection, the issue of gender equality, combating discrimination and the access to education and health care in a reunified Cyprus (to see the program of the Thematic Conferences click here). Each Thematic Conference resulted in the adoption of a Memorandum which included the common understandings derived from its proceedings and the collective expectations of the social actors regarding the future reunited Cyprus.

The ceremony opened by the General Secretary of SEK, Nikos Moiseos and the president of TÜRK-SEN, Arslan Bıçaklı who gave the welcome speeches. After the opening session, the General Secretary of DEV-İŞ, Hasan Felek delivered a speech referring to the history of the All-Cyprus Trade Unions Forum. He explained that the Forum has been active since the 1990s and was formed by the joined forces of 18 trade unions of Cyprus, accross the divide. As he noted, the objective of the Forum was to work for the reunification of the island, for solution to the problems faced by workers and for defending the common interests of all workers around the island. After Mr. Felek, the General Secretary of PEO, Pambis Kyritsis, delivered a speech where he asked the leaders to duly study and creatively use the positions and the proposals found in the memoranda. He noted that they were the result of serious collective work, based on scientific data and accumulated experience. To conclude, Mr. Kyritsis reassured the leaders that the All-Cyprus Trade Unions Forum would be at their disposal to contribute in any possible way towards the common goal of a peaceful, reunited and federal Cyprus, with no foreign dependencies and foreign military presence, a common homeland for all its children, Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Armenians, Maronites and Latins. Mr. Kyritsis' speech was followed by President Anastasiades. 

The president, referring to the new round of negotiations for the solution of the Cyprus Problem, noted that without the support, the understanding or the contribution of the working people of this country, that effort would be doomed - or will be doomed if it lacks the support of the working people. Moreover, President Anastasiades suggested that there are important potentials for the development and prosperity of Cyprus, which are undermined by the current situation. The dividing line, he added, is a great obstacle to the developmental potential of our country. In his speech, Mr. Anastasiades put emphasis to the role of the European Union regarding the future of Cyprus and wished for a solution where there won’t be any land more - or less -European than the other and that the EU community acquis will be adopted throughout the whole island. After Mr. Anastasiades, the leader of Turkish-Cypriots, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı took the floor.

Mr. Akıncı declared his appreciation to the All-Cyprus Trade Unions Forum for its consistent efforts towards the reunification of Cyprus. Mr. Akıncı noted that the status quo is not acceptable and not sustainable. Instead, the goal of the two leaders is to create the best conditions possible and hope for two "yes" votes from possible referendum. He also mentioned, with regard to the negotiations, that the two leaders have made progress but still have a way to go until they reach the final settlements. Mr. Akıncı supported that, by remaining separate, Cypriots cannot ensure economic prosperity. In contrast, within the unification of the island the economy could improve and bring more opportunities. Mr. Akıncı also said that if Cypriots want to reach solution they can stand against any outside forces. He concluded that the power - to solve the problem - lies with Cypriots and that the support of the labour force and the civil society organisations - along with civil society itself - is crucial to this effort. After the speech of Mr. Akıncı, Glafkos Hadjipetrou, General Secretary of PASYDY and Ahmet Kaptan, President of KTAMS, gave the closing speeches. The event closed by a small reception for the participants.




To watch the opening speeches by Nikos Moiseos and Arslan Bıçaklı follow the link: video

Το watch the speech by Hasan Felek follow the link: video

Το read or watch the speech by Pambis Kyritsis follow the links: pdf or video

To read or watch the speech by president Nikos Anatasiades follow the links: pdf or video

To watch the speech by the Turkish-Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akıncı follow the links: video

To watch the closing speeches by Glafkos Hadjipetrou and Ahmet Kaptan follow the links: video & video

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