‘Peace Day’ and the Cyprus Deadlock

‘Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future’

The International Day for Peace has been established by the UN as a global call for peace-building. Every year on 21st of September, millions of people commemorate and express their will for non-violence and peace both within and among all nations and peoples. In solidarity with millions from across the globe, ‘Peace Day’ is also celebrated in Cyprus.‘Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future’ is the theme chosen for this year's observance of the International day of Peace. Without sustainable development, it cannot be possible to have a sustainable future with a sustainable peace.

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8th March is a global call for gender participation in the peace talks

8th March is the International Women's Day, celebrating women’s achievements regardless of national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political divisions. “The Center for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development” (SeeD) highlights 8th March as an important opportunity to advocate for the vital role that women must play within the Cyprus peace process, thereby increasing their capacity as decision makers.

In 2010, the report of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on his mission to the Good Offices in Cyprus (S/2010/238) suggested the need to pursue projects “aimed at...enhancing the role of women in the peace process.” This was followed by further calls for “gender-focused recommendations on the main areas under discussion in the peace talks” (S/2010/603, par 43). In anticipation of the resumption of formal negotiations in coming months, various organizations have been sharing ideas on how to implement United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in Cyprus.

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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.

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Beyond the Deadlocks: Redesigning the Cyprus Peace Process

The current peace talks have reached an impasse. ‘Cyprus 2015’ argues that what has passed for a ‘Cypriot-led’ process over the course of the past four years falls far short of the participatory ideal it promised. The process itself has alienated people and limited the leaders’ scope for negotiation. On the surface, it seems that the sides have reached a point where a negotiated settlement has proven beyond their grasp, requiring a reassessment of the settlement framework.

To revitalize the peace process, ‘Cyprus 2015’ recommends the formal adoption and implementation of a new approach which will not only build on existing convergences, but also will fulfill the promise of a genuinely participatory process that would serve as a bedrock for a new Cyprus, as well as regional stability and prosperity.

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Convergences and Divergences: How a more inclusive process could help unlock the Deadlocks

Diplomatic groundwork for the resumption of the direct talks in Cyprus is underway, seeking means to overcome deadlocks in the process. This will entail retrospective critical assessment by the Good Offices mission and the respective sides of what has worked or not in successive rounds of talks. Cyprus 2015 advocates that any assessment of the negotiations to date cannot be concluded in the absence of feedback from the communities, nor can the peace talks themselves be conducted without ownership by the grassroots. 

To this end, the latest public opinion poll by the Cyprus 2015 project has examined the remaining obstacles in the public mind to reaching a comprehensive agreement on the “Cyprus Problem”, and highlighted the need to address these through a more inclusive peace process.

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Gender participation in the Peace talks - 8 March 2014

8th March is the International Women's Day, celebrating women’s achievements regardless of national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political divisions. The “Cyprus 2015” initiative, which is being implemented by “The Center for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development” (SeeD), highlights 8th March as an important opportunity to remind all the political leaders the vital role that women must play within the Cyprus peace process, thereby increasing their capacity as decision makers.

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