The Central Committee of AKEL (the Communist Party of Cyprus) discussed UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s plan and developments concerning Cyprus, Nov. 27.

AKEL has worked around a principal strategic objective: a just, viable and functional solution to the partitioning of Cyprus, based on UN resolutions and the High-Level Agreements.

AKEL affirmed a solution of a ‘bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality between the two communities, that would rid Cyprus from the occupation and settlers, reunify our country and people and restore the human rights of the Cypriot citizens.’

Cyprus has been divided – or partitioned – between two ‘communities,’ Turkey and Greece, for almost 30 years.

The UN plan contains several positive elements, AKEL said, which should be made use of. But, it warned, the plan includes elements which permit different interpretations and which should be clarified, as well as significant negative elements that should be changed.

The attempts to beautify the UN plan and present it as the very last opportunity for the solution of the Cyprus ‘problem’ damage the Cyprus cause, AKEL said. ‘Damage is also caused by those who, departing from real negative elements of the plan, are in a haste to reject it before it is even discussed and arrive at the negation of a federal solution itself,’ AKEL’s statement said. ‘For AKEL the non-solution is not a solution. We do not accept the dilemma partition or bad solution. We shall continue to struggle …’

Leaders of the two communities [Turkish and Greek] should have the possibility to negotiate a solution away from prohibitive schedules and extorting dilemmas, AKEL said.

AKEL warned ‘a sense of responsibility and calmness is necessary,’ and will not consent to any fait accompli. AKEL urged a balanced approach to solving the long simmering problem of a segregated society urging the solution include Greece and Turkey, as well as the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus.

AKEL appealed to the UN and to those ‘who state that they work for a solution of the Cyprus problem, to turn at last towards the side of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, and to exert their influence and pressure in order for the Turkish policy to change radically and come into line’ with the UN resolutions.

The CC of AKEL welcomed the mobilizations of the Turkish Cypriot compatriots struggling for a peaceful reunification of Cyprus. ‘Through our common struggle we shall achieve the salvation of our common country,’ AKEL said.