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FCT Mitrovica 2010 - Nicosia


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City presentation by Nicosia delegation at Forum for Cities in Transition annual conference, Mitrovica, 24-28 May 2010

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FCT Mitrovica 2010 - Nicosia

  1. 1. Derya Beyatli Katerina Papadopoulou 24 May 2010 Mitrovica, Kosovo
  2. 2. <ul><li>Cyprus 2015 is a research and dialogue initiative implemented by the United Nations/Interpeace Joint Programme Unit and the European Commission Representation in Cyprus </li></ul><ul><li>Bi-communal project </li></ul>What is Cyprus 2015
  3. 3. Main Purpose <ul><li>To contribute towards a creative and constructive social debate for the long-term sustainable future of Cyprus </li></ul>
  4. 4. Objectives <ul><li>To provide better informed public debate that relies on objective information </li></ul><ul><li>To contribute to improved trust and awareness between the two communities </li></ul>
  5. 5. Objectives <ul><li>To contribute to a better informed policy making process </li></ul><ul><li>To establish more fluid channels of communication between the leadership and the general public </li></ul>
  6. 6. Methodology <ul><li>Researchers and research participants (the people) work together to identify how to approach and analyse an issue – consultative process </li></ul><ul><li>PAR is a reflexive process – no real clear cut distinction between research and dialogue </li></ul>
  7. 7. Methodology <ul><li>Participatory Action Research </li></ul>Research Dialogue
  8. 8. Methodology <ul><li>RESEARCH </li></ul><ul><li>In-depth Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Focus Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Polls </li></ul>
  9. 9. Methodology <ul><li>DIALOGUE </li></ul><ul><li>Bi-communal and mono-communal Stakeholder Panels analyse research findings </li></ul><ul><li>Public Events </li></ul><ul><li>Media Coverage </li></ul>
  10. 10. Main Findings SETTLEMENT NON-SETTLEMENT   TURKISH CYPRIOTS GREEK CYPRIOTS TURKISH CYPRIOTS GREEK CYPRIOTS HOPES Peace and Harmony Peace and Stability Recognition of TRNC Better Solution in the Future A Reunified Nation De-Militarisation Republic of Cyprus constitution No Need for Change Economic Prosperity Economic Prosperity Taiwanization   Social advancement, Democracy Societal Advancement     International support Property and Refugees     Property Issue Identity Crisis     Migrants Better Control of Sovereign Territory     Two States       Federation       FEARS Change and Uncertainity The Federation as a Racist State Legalization of the status quo Recognition, Taiwanization, Annexation or Partition Discord between the two sides Security and Viability Permanent Division of the island Security Possibility of a Conflict Cost of Solution Brain Drain Settlers Inter-communal relations Coexistence Communal Extinction Relationship with Turkish Cypriots International Manipulation A Strange System of Government Complete isolation Construction in the North Security Implementation Turkey's EU accession process Youth Disinterest Governance Discrimination   Stagnant Society Elections Extremists    
  11. 11. Main Findings <ul><li>Lack of trust between the communities </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholders are very willing to build and maintain dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Mutual understanding of the other side </li></ul><ul><li>Finding a fair compromise is very important </li></ul>
  12. 12. Strengths <ul><li>Bringing people together that would not ordinarily be involved with bi-communal activities </li></ul><ul><li>Building mono-communal dialogue at the same time </li></ul><ul><li>Developing a group identity </li></ul>
  13. 13. Challenges <ul><li>Suspicions of projects funded by foreigners </li></ul><ul><li>Getting stakeholders on board and keeping them interested </li></ul><ul><li>Finding symmetrical stakeholders </li></ul>
  14. 14. Challenges <ul><li>Time commitments </li></ul><ul><li>Getting the stakeholders move beyond their own opinions </li></ul><ul><li>What’s different this time? Scepticism </li></ul>
  15. 15. Challenges <ul><li>Time commitments </li></ul><ul><li>Getting the stakeholders move beyond their own opinions </li></ul><ul><li>What’s different this time? Scepticism </li></ul>