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UN Pays Tribute to Cypriot WWII Veterans

cyprus veteransThe UN paid tribute to World War II veterans from the Greek-and-Turkish Cypriot communities during a candlight ceremony marking the 30th annual World Peace Day, September 21st.

"As Cypriots, you helped bring peace as you fought tyranny during the Second World War and you represent the generation that founded the United Nations," said UN Special Representative Lisa Buttenheim.

Buttenheim paid tribute to the Cyprus Youth Activism Project, saying that they have been dedicated to spreading messages of peace and bridging divides between the Greek-and-Turkish Cypriot communities. The Cyprus Peace Council also attended the ceremony.

International Peace Day is committed to non-violence and harmony among all peoples and nations and is meant to be a day of global cease-fire: a twenty-four hour reprieve from the horrors of war, fear and insecurity that plague far too many people in far too many places, said Buttenheim.

In Cyprus, UNFICYP has worked vigorously for nearly five decades to ensure that every day on
the island is a day of non-violence and continuing ceasefire, she said.

"A comprehensive settlement in Cyprus remains our overarching goal.  A settlement would ertainly help unleash the enormous potential and capacity of this beautiful island and make it a stronger and more prosperous home for all Cypriots," she said.

The UN maintains its view that a solution is within reach, said Buttenheim.

"Cyprus World War II Veterans exemplify how Greek and Turkish Cypriots can unite for the greater good," she said.


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