Leading Cypriots discuss an inclusive approach to the Cyprus Peace Process

SeeD Research Directors Erol Kaymak, Ahmet Sozen, Alexandros Lordos and UNDP Action for Cooperation & Trust in Cyprus Programme Manager Christopher Louise led the preparatory meeting to the Participatory Peacemaking workshop in Malta which was organized by Participatory Peacemaking Project Cyprus - ENGI between 18th and 20th September 2013.

Following the presentation by “The Center for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development” (SeeD), Cypriot civic, business and political leaders assembled at the Home for Cooperation to discuss the following question: “How can an inclusive approach help the Cyprus Peace Process”?

On the 9th September 2013, Cypriot civic, business and political leaders assembled at the Home for Cooperation to discuss the following question: “How can an inclusive approach help the Cyprus Peace Process”? Participants were presented research conducted by the “The Center for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development” (SeeD), which highlighted public demand for a more inclusive peace process. They also discussed ideas to be further developed during a forum which they will attend in Malta next week.

These events follow on from a series of workshops in June 2013, when leading peace negotiators visited Cyprus to discuss the benefits and challenges of participatory peace processes. These visitors included Northern Irish MP Jeffrey Donaldson and Roelf Meyer from South Africa, both of whom acted as chief negotiators in their respective countries.

All of these events form part of the “Participatory Peacemaking Initiative”, supported by UNDP-ACT and the peace-building organisation ENGI, as well as the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, and the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry.