AKEL and Turkish Communist Party unveil Joint Declaration

AKEL and Turkish Communist Party unveil Joint Declaration

Cypriot left-wing opposition party AKEL and the Turkish Communist Party unveiled on Monday a Joint Declaration, noting the urgency for a Cyprus solution through negotiations.

AKEL Secretary-General Andros Kyprianou read out on Monday the text of the declaration, during a press conference in Nicosia. Among other issues, the two parties underline the need for reaching an agreement over a reunited Cyprus, free from occupation troops, demilitarized, and free from military intervention rights.

The declaration acknowledges the impasse in settlement talks as “harmful”, while the two parties describe “the unilateral actions of the Turkish government, especially with regards to the Navigational Telex within the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Cyprus, as comprising another example of its neo-Ottoman expansionist policy”.

The two parties also condemn the continuous illegal settlement of the parts of the island under Turkish occupation, noting that it is to the detriment of both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.

President Anastasiades has suspended his participation in the talks following a Navigational Telex or NAVTEX, issued by Turkey in October last year, as Turkish seismic research vessel “Barbaros” violated the Republic’s exclusive economic zone. Talks are expected to resume this spring after the withdrawal of Barbaros.