The joint technical committees have an important role to play in the effort to promote trust between the two sides, Greek Cypriot Committees’ Coordinator Andreas Pirishis said on Tuesday at a gathering hours after the planned resumption of Cyprus talks some time after April 19 was announced.
The committees, such as the Committee for Cultural Heritage, which work behind the scenes at creating working conditions ahead of a Cyprus solution, met at the Centre of Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) in Nicosia.
“Long periods of negative rhetoric have created an unhealthy political climate for the people of Cyprus. Our duty is to reverse this situation, build a spirit of confidence between us and promote a culture of peace and understanding in the younger generation,” Pirishis said in his address at the gathering.
He also noted that his short experience as the Greek Cypriot coordinator of the Technical Committees, having seen how harmoniously Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots work together, each one in its own field of action, had strengthened his conviction that the reconciliation and the reunification of the island and its people were possible.
“Without ignoring the past, we should give to the future the importance it deserves. The new generation and those who will follow should be able to look forward to a better future than the one we are currently offering them,” he noted. (CNA)