Thousands of Greek and Turkish Cypriots staged a joint demonstration in favour of the island's reunification in North Nicosia, Tuesday, as Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci resumed talks in Geneva.
SOT, Peter Koukos, Member of EDON youth organisation (Greek): "Greek and Turkish Cypriots want a solution. If it was up to the people, I believe the solution would have already been made. We want to send a message to all participants of the reunification talks that the island's population needs a solution. We can't live with roadblocks and dividing lines anymore. We want to see a day when we all live together peacefully and to build a better future for us and our children."
SOT, Dogus Derya, Member of Turkish Republican Party of Northern Cyprus (Greek): "We have been always hopeful about the reunification of the island; we have been waiting for it for over 40 years. Both Cypriot leaders, Anastasiades and Akinci did their best, however it's not only up to them. As you know Greece and Turkey have a voice in this problem and I think there might be tensions between them during the Geneva process, however this will not mean the end. The process will continue until March what I believe will lead to a referendum vote in June. I hope that will bring reunification of the island."
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