Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot teachers held a demonstration outside Parliament against a recent House vote for honouring Enosis Day in secondary schools.
The demonstration, which was organised by the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot Teacher’s Platform United Cyprus, was staged on Friday afternoon.
Speaking on behalf of the platform outside the parliament, Costis Achniotis said that the resolution which allows the celebration of the ”Enosis plebiscite” of 1950 does not bring any substantial change to the existing practice in the G/c schools, nor is it significant with respect to the educational process itself.
“It does however have political significance amidst the negotiations for a Cyprus settlement, sending very negative signals to the T/c community through a symbolic reference to the genesis of intercommunal conflict”, added Acniotis.
Sener Elcil, who is the head of the Turkish Cypriot Elementary Teachers Union KTOS, also spoke at the demonstration. Elcil said that the platform is neither for Enosis nor for Taxim, with the two terms referring to union with Greece and partition respectively.
“We believe that education should cultivate peaceful coexistence between the people who live in Cyprus and respect for cultural identity in the communities” said Elcil.