ARF at Women’s Socialist International Conference

LIMASSOL(CNA/Yerkir)–A regional conference "Women for Peace" was organized in Limassol–Cyprus on September 18 by the Women’s Socialist International.

Representatives from 25 Middle Eastern–Mediterranean–and South Caucasus countries attend the conference. Armenia was represented by Armenian Revolutionary Federation member Maria Titizian.

Prospects for a Cyprus settlement and the role of Cypriot women–the situation in the Middle East–and women’s role in political–economic–and social development were discussed.

Speaking at the conference–Pia Locateli–Women’s Socialist International President and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) said the participation of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot women at the conference was a particularly important step. She noted the participation of women from Palestine and Israel at the conference

Regarding the Cyprus problem–she said the the referendum on the Annan plan in April 2004 proved that people did not trust this plan for a Cyprus settlement. "People must feel safe and we must try to create the preconditions for this human’security," she said.

Keynote speakers included Marcia Alexaki–SIW Vice-President and member of the Movement of Social Democrats EDEK–and Mirjana Feric-Vac from Croatia–and Wafa Abed–president of the Union of Progressive Women in Lebanon.

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