17 | 09 | 2019

The 32nd Pancyprian Festival of Youth and Students of the United Democratic Youth Organization (EDON) took place on July 3-5 at the Famagusta Gate Moat in Nicosia, Cyprus with thousands of participants. On the last day of the Festival, Andros Kyprianou, General Secretary of the C.C. of the Progressive Party of the Working People (AKEL), took the floor.

On the occasion of 1st September, "Day of Action for World Peace", the Cyprus Peace Council (CPC) raises its voice to shout out loud “YES TO PEACE, NOT TO WAR!” 1st September, which has been proclaimed by the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) in memory of the millions of victims of Nazism-Fascism and of the fighters who sacrificed their lives during World War II, reminds us of the catastrophic consequences of imperialist aggressiveness, fascism and war.

To the Central Committee of the Progressive  Party of Working People of Cyprus (AKEL)

Dear comrades,

It is with a feeling of profound grief that we have learnt about the death of Dimitris Christofias.

The heart of an ardent champion of the ideals of socialism, a true Communist and Man has stopped beating. From his early youth and until his last minute Dimitris Christofias has been a loyal son of his Country and of his people. As the leader of the United Democratic Youth Organisation  of Cyprus (EDON), General Secretary of the CC of the Progressive Party of Working People of Cyprus (AKEL), Chairman of Parliament, and the country’s President Dimtris Christofias has been unstintingly dedicated to his ideals committing all his strength towards achieving his life’s goals – improvement of the life of the working people, the struggle for the freedom and reunification of his Motherland, for justice and equality, the country’s prosperity and enhancement of its standing in the world.

Comrade Demetris Christofias "left" after a tough battle he had been giving lately. The CC. of EDON expresses his heartfelt condolences to the family of comrade Dimitris.

At this point, no words are necessary. Dear comrade, thank you for everything you offered, for everything you have taught us, for the example you have always been. EDON will forever have your life and action as a lighthouse and a guide.

A statement by GUE/NGL President Gabi Zimmer:

GUE/NGL supports the effort by the EU to agree measures in the face of Turkey’s continuing violations in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus. We ask the European Council to take effective measures in order to bring about an end to Turkey’s provocations. Ending the provocations would contribute to creating conditions for the resumption of talks for the solution of the Cyprus problem.

On March 21, 1960, 70 colored students while demonstrating alongside thousands of others against apartheid in the city of Sharpeville, in South Africa, were killed when police open fire. So, six years later, the General Assembly of the UN established this day as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Nowadays, as a result of the global economic crisis, the impoverishment of the people, poverty and the crisis of the institutions are bringing humanity back to a new, powerful wave of racism and discrimination. This climate leads to the rise of fascism, and thus of racism, which leads a portion of the world to turn against what they called "opposite" or "different" from them.

In particular, on 8 March 1857 in New York, textile and clothing workers were mobilized against the inhumane working conditions and low wages, claiming their political and labor rights as equal between men and women.

Nowadays, the ruling class is making an enormous effort to lose its political importance through its commercialization. For EDON, this day is a point of reference for reflection, looking back in history, and the struggle against the oppression and dual exploitation of women workers in capitalism.

Permit me, on behalf of the trade unions PEO, DEV-IS, KTOS, KTOEOS, KTAMS, BES, DAU-SEN and KOOP-SEN, who have taken the initiative to convene this Peace and Reunification meeting, to welcome and thank you all for your participation in this Meeting.

The idea of ​​convening this meeting certainly did not come out of nowhere. It is the continuation of long-standing joint actions focusing on peace and reunification. In the current conditions that have evolved after the Crans Montana conference, these joint actions must not only continue, but must be intensified and assume an even more mass character. There is no doubt that the big popular mobilizations that have so far been organized in the buffer zone of ​​Ledra Palace aiming at popular intervention and to put pressure on the leaders and the international community so that the procedure of the talks should be productive and yield results, conveyed a powerful message of hope in many directions, given that they have even been cited by the UN Secretary-General himself who has noted this message in the reports he has submitted.

KTAMS of Cyprus protested the government’s failure to take no measures to protect the purchasing power of the citizens in the face of the recent price hikes.

On the eve of the Second World War (1938-1939), the Mining Industry in Cyprus reached its highest point with significant exports of pyrite and chalcopyrite. The number of workers employed by all the mining companies exceeded 10,000 the majority of whom were landless peasants. Miners’ working conditions and terms of employment were inhuman. The housing and living conditions of workers and their families were in a terrible state. Accidents at work occurred quite often, illnesses plagued workers and protective measures underground, in galleys and buildings were almost non-existent.

"AKEL’s position, the dedication towards the solution of our political problem far from serving political and party expediencies and considerations, is driven by genuine patriotism and the concern for the future of our country and people. Within this framework, AKEL will work tirelessly for the resumption of the negotiations as the UN Secretary-General sets out and for their positive outcome. We shall continue to demand the speedy withdrawal of all the occupying troops, the demilitarization of Cyprus and the immediate end of guarantees and intervention rights. At the same time we shall continue to warn about the devastating consequences of any partitionist solution."

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