Mr. N. Anastassiades
President of the Republic of Cyprus
PETITION IN SUPPORT OF THE REUNIFICATION OF CYPRUS
We, the undersigned citizens of the Republic of Cyprus,
BECAUSE WE CONSIDER THAT:
WE APPEAL TO YOU:
To do whatever is necessary to secure a positive course and a successful outcome of the negotiation process, in order to reach an agreed solution of the Cyprus problem that entails the transformation of the Republic of Cyprus into a bicommunal bizonal federation, with political equality and effective participation of the two communities, as provided by the Resolutions of the Security Council. The basis of such an agreement must be the Joint Declaration of 11 February 2014, the convergences attained so far in the negotiation process and the Framework of the Secretary General of the United Nations of 30 June 2017 with its six parameters.
It is understood that:
We anticipate that the opportunities generated by the current developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, concerning the exploitation of natural resources, will be utilised in a manner that would serve the superior goal of resolving the Cyprus problem, rather than the other way round.
Furthermore, we could agree that, post-solution, natural gas could be channeled to its ultimate destination via Turkey, while the issue of the delineation of the EEZ between Cyprus and Turkey is referred to a competent international arbitration court.
We wish to underline the need to take all the necessary practical measures, which would facilitate and promote the independence of the Turkish Cypriots from Turkey. In this respect, we should seek to regain their trust. This goal can be attained by catering for their needs, their fears and their concerns in our proposals for the resolution of the Cyprus problem and by addressing, in practical terms, their day-to-day problems.
In conclusion, we believe that our side must approach the negotiations with a commitment to the idea that a solution must and can be reached. If, despite our honest and genuine efforts, the attainment of this goal proves unfeasible, we will at least be able to clearly demonstrate that the obstacle in reaching an agreement is Turkey, thus mitigating the adverse consequences of such an undesirable development.
WE WISH TO ASSURE YOU THAT we will wholeheartedly support the efforts exerted in reaching a solution, as hereby described.
The first signatories to the Petition are listed below (in alphabetical order):
Charalambous Charalambos M.
Constantinou Costas M.
Hadjihambi Habibi Celia
Ioannou C. Yiannos
Ioannou Pitta Despo
Markides Alecos ⴕ
Maroudias Nicolaos P.
Mastri Christoforidou Emilia
Montanios (Eric) Eleftherios
Panayiotides Christos P.
Papadopoulos Kyriacos D.
Papavassiliou Christakis Prodromou
Stylianou Stelios T.
Syrimis G. Nicos