Cyprus Rotary organised its first bi-communal ‘peace panel’ named “Revisiting peace! Vision of a Reunited Cyprus” at Ledra Palace Hotel, with two eminent Cypriot academics, Prof. Dr Ahmet Sözen, and Dr Maria Hajipavlou.
The event, which took place on April 8, 2023, attracted about 75 people from the EU Commission, Rotary, press, academics, members from different NGOs on either side of Cyprus and from civil society.
Each speaker gave a twenty-minute speech about their views on the Cyprus issue based on their expertise area.
There was a Q&A session for about an hour with questions from the attendees, which was then followed by a coffee and snacks session where the attendees had more opportunity to talk to the speakers and organisers as they enjoyed the whole afternoon in the historic Ledra Palace Hotel.
The most important conclusion of the forum was that civil society could play a crucial role in bringing the two communities of the island closer towards building a bilaterally accepted harmonious living environment.
Cyprus Rotary is part of Rotary International which has 1.4 million members worldwide in more than 220 countries.
Cyprus Rotary comprises of 19 Clubs, 15 of which meet to the south and four to the north of the Green Line.
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