Today, in conjunction with the Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou MP, I had the honour of convening a meeting of the Australia-Cyprus Parliamentary Friends Group for the Journey into Cyprus: East2West initiative.
Two Australian friends, Yalcin Adal and Stavros Protz from Turkish and Greek Cypriot backgrounds respectively, are walking 400 kilometres through the middle of Cyprus over 16 days to inspire reconciliation and support for a united island nation.
Since 1974 the island nation has been divided in contravention of United Nations resolutions and considerable diplomatic effort to resolve the conflict. This is a great example of grassroots action.
The pair plan to walk up to 30 kilometres a day over rugged terrain, promoting the common interest and harmony between all Cypriots.
It was a pleasure hosting Yalcin and Stavros with Ms Vamvakinou and other MPs in attendance in the Federal Parliament and I congratulate them on their initiative.
Photo (Parliament) – http://bit.ly/2FxgLwR
East2West – http://bit.ly/2Dtr1I5
TUESDAY, 27 FEBRUARY, 2018
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.