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Bi-communal bicycle ride

SOME 70 teens of the bi-communal youth group Cyprus Friendship Programme went on a symbolic bicycle ride across both sides of Nicosia on Saturday.

The ride ended in front of the Home of Cooperation opposite the Ledra Palace hotel at about noon, where Constantinos Yiorkadjis and Kadri Fellahoglu, representing the divided communities of Nicosia addressed the participants. Teenagers from the Cyprus Friendship Programme offered the men two army helmets with flowers in them.

“The symbolism refers to the time when a solution of the Cyprus problem will be found and the demilitarisation of the island will be agreed,” a news release said. The Cyprus Friendship Programme has proposed to give thousands of army helmets for free to Cypriot households so that they can be transformed into flower pots hanging at the front of houses. “And when the next generation will be asking what those are, we will say that they are reminders of a long period of conflict and pain that is no more.”

The ceremony ended with teens from the two communities holding many pieces of a large map of Nicosia and putting them all together into one map.

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