21st IMCWP: 'The fight for peace and socialism continues'

Co-hosted by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP), the 21st International Meeting of the Communist and Workers' Parties (IMCWP) has started today in İzmir, following the working group meeting yesterday.

ICP, 18 October 2019

The 21st International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties (IMCWP) has started to be held in Turkey’s İzmir, under the shared responsibility of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). The IMCWP that will be continuing until October 20 will be focusing on proletarian internationalism.

Honoring the centenary, the theme of the meeting will be “100th Anniversary of the founding of the Communist International: The fight for peace and socialism continues!”


The Working Group of the IMCWP met on Thursday. During the meeting, the working group members made evaluations about the final declaration for the 21st IMCWP.

The meeting of the working group was started with the opening speech of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP). After welcoming the guest parties, Okuyan mentioned that capitalism is no longer in a situation that can be considered ordinary and the world sees rapid changes. Referring to the developments in Syria, Okuyan said that TKP was ready for these developments and responded as it should.

After Okuyan's speech, other agenda items were discussed.


The 21st IMCWP has started today, on Friday. Honouring the 100th anniversary of the Communist International, the them of the 21st meeting had been titled as, " The ifght for peace and socialism continues". This years' meeting is being organized by two parties, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP), which makes it a significant event in regards with being an example of international fraternity.

137 delegates of 74 parties from 58 countries are participating the meeting to express the common will and militancy of the communist and workers’ parties, toward socialism, with proletarian internationalism as their guide. 

The meeting started with two opening speecehs from the hosting Parties, TKP and KKE.

In his opening speech today, Kemal Okuyan Secretary General of TKP, recalled the anniversary of the founding of the Communist International and said, "in a short time and together, we will regain our claims and enthusiasm we had 100 years ago." 

Following Okuyan's speech the General Secretary of KKE Dimitris Koutsoumpas greeted the delegates and gave his speech. Koutsoumpas concluded his speech by claiming that "the 100 years since the foundation of the CI should be a new starting point for the revolutionary reconstruction of the international labour and communist movement, against the counter-revolutionary action of today's dominant capitalist forces and backwardness."

See links for the full transcripts of the opening speeches of  Kemal Okuyan and Dimitris Koutsoumpas.