Turks, Greeks, Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots issue joint appeal.
The business associations of Turkey, Greece, the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (the latter is recognized only by Turkey, and not at the international level) have issued a joint statement to urge their respective governments to start talks for a peaceful resolution of the longstanding issue on the division of the island, the northern part of which has been occupied by the Turkish military since 1974.
For Turkey, as a press release from the Italian Trade Commission (ICE) office in Istanbul notes, the statement was supported by the Turkey Association of Commercial and Industrial Enterprises (TUSIAD). It was also signed by the leaders of the Federation of Greek Industries (SEV), the Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEB) and the Association for Northern and Southern Cyprus (ISAD).
With this statement, the four organizations are seeking to attract the international attention already on the eastern Mediterranean to make use of the opportunity to reunify the island and solve a problem that has been dragging on for 40 years, which would in turn lead to cooperation and economic benefits for all the parties involved.