- Posted March 26, 2011 by
Nicosia, Cyprus, Cyprus
Cyprus: People united in a country divided
March 26th: The Cyprus Friendship Programme youth bicommunal group and other people from the island of Cyprus, divided ever since 1963 and even more in 1974, have gotten together to the exact center of the island to remember their loved ones lost from both communities.
Speech read before the minute of silence:
This is a time when we can declare that we have all suffered enough.
This is a time to declare that the law of an eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth that has left so many people blind and toothless has no place in Cyprus any more.
This is a time to declare that forgiveness and reconciliation are not the desires of just a few, but the powerful voice of the people of Cyprus.
This is a time to declare that we mourn for all the human beings who lost their lives in the many years of conflict on this island.
We are no longer one-sided, shedding tears only for the ones lost from ‘our’ side. We embrace caringly everyone who has lost a dear one as if we are members of the same family.
Today we all share and acknowledge each other’s pain as if it is our own. That is why today, we are all refugees. That is why today we have all lost our homes. That is why today we have all lost a loved one who is either killed or is missing.
But today as we stand under the same sky, we can also say that we share the hope for lasting peace in Cyprus.
Let us now, show our commitment to the way of peace by holding one minute of silence to remember all those who were lost…
Special thanks to the Cyprus Friendship Program (CFP) and Mr. Nicos Anastasiou, coordinator of the CFP aswell as to all the people who attended the event.
Report by: Peter Charalambous