Building Peace in Cyprus through Linkages

Led by Harry Tzimitras
Apr 2018 -

​While efforts to improve the situation in Cyprus remain almost exclusively focused on reaching a 'comprehensive settlement', attempts to form structures of genuine cooperation and interdependence continue to be trivialized and neglected. Yet, whether there is a political agreement or not, the two communities are destined to live together on the island. Consequently, it is imperative that avenues for cooperation are efficiently pursued. This will not only help to enable the two communities enjoy a more peaceful and prosperous inevitable coexistence; it will also increase positive interaction between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, thus helping gradually to build mutual confidence and to bridge the gap separating them, and in case of an eventual settlement, it will greatly facilitate the implementation process. In view of the above, it is clear that new paths where progress can be possible, even independently of the negotiations, can be enabled and nurtured for purposes of inter-communal trust-building and cooperation at the civil society and grass-roots levels. One way in which this can be done is by creating frameworks within which the two sides would be able to interact in mutually beneficial ways or work together to deal with problems that affect the life of the people everywhere on the island. 

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