Two new initiatives launched to promote bi-communal dialogue and exchange of information
13.05.2013 On the occasion of Europe Day, the European Commission Representation in Cyprus has just launched two new initiatives aiming to foster bi-communal dialogue on the island.
The Meeting Point, a new information centre providing advice and assistance on European affairs to citizens from both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.
The trilingual website www.lemoncy.eu, where news from the two main communities of the island are available in the language of the other – as well as in English.
These two new initiatives were launched on Saturday 11 May by the Head of the EC Representation George Markopouliotis at the Europe Day festival held at the House for Co-operation (H4C) in Nicosia's buffer zone. The festival, which also marked the 2nd birthday of H4C, was also attended by the representatives of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities of Nicosia, Konstantinos Yiorkadjis and Kadri Fellahoglu.
The Meeting Point, operated by the Association for Historical Dialogue (AHDR) on behalf of the European Commission, is currently located within H4C. However, during the launch ceremony Messrs Yiorkadjis and Fellahoglu publicly announced that they will allow the Meeting Point to be housed in the glass pavilion opposite H4C, which belongs to the two municipalities as part of the bi-communal Masterplan for Nicosia and which at the moment stands vacant.
www.lemoncy.eu is operated by Yeniduzen Limited, on behalf of the EC Representation, and is managed editorially by a team of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot journalists. The website carries news stories from both communities and a selection of opinion pieces in Greek, Turkish and English – it is often the case that members of one community are not aware of the news agenda of the other and the content offered by www.lemoncy.eu is a step towards bridging this gap.
During Saturday's festival, participants sampled a selection of foods from across Cyprus and enjoyed performances by the Oi Las and MIMA music groups and the HASDER Company of young folk dancers.
Guests could also see the DigiMe photo exhibition, currently on at the House for Co-operation, showcasing photographs from the competitions recently supported by the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus on the themes of Climate Change & Energy (2011) and Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (2012). The photo exhibition will stay open until the end of May.
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