The Cyprus Dialogue Forum presents its goals in a declaration it has issued, noting that “our role is to support the negotiations and all efforts to reach a mutually agreed federal solution, by acting as an inclusive participatory platform for dialogue.”
According to the declaration, the Forum, comprising political parties, trade unions, business associations and NGOs from both communities has been created as a response to a need for an inclusive and permanent space for structured dialogue and knowledge- sharing in which issues and challenges of common concern can be addressed.
“Through joint reflection and consensus building we believe this dialogue will address issues related to the Cyprus problem, by focusing and strengthening the flow of information between the wider society and the leaderships,” it noted.
The aims of the Forum are “to act as a platform to understand and discuss perspectives across the multiple segments of Cypriot society on political, socio-economic, cultural and educational issues, to create public awareness, acknowledge and incorporate the inputs of the wider public and help to prepare both communities for a solution and to create a space for citizens to raise and address issues that are not included in the negotiation process.”
The Forum commits itself to create common understandings and shared visions of the future and to embrace multi-perspectivity and build a culture of co-existence based on shared values and solidarity.
“Through providing support and assistance, shared knowledge resources and common safe spaces, we aim to strengthen the culture of dialogue and reach common understandings on various issues and interests among Cyprus’ political, economic and social stakeholders,” the declaration noted.
It added that “the legitimacy of the Forum derives from its inclusivity and transparency. Therefore, as an open platform of cooperation and discussion between political, economic and social organisations in both communities, we call upon other organisations to join our efforts.”