The bicommunal Technical Committee on Education had its first meeting on Thursday, attended by UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide.
Eide said in a post on his twitter account that he was happy to meet with the Committee on Education, noting that it was a crucial topic for future unity.
Greek Cypriot President of the Committee Michalinos Zembylas said that they discussed the working groups which would operate in the framework of the committee and mainly about procedural issues.
Zembylas said that three working groups were set up, on the basis of the Committee`s mandate “in order to be more productive”.
He noted that the first group would look into the relevant bibliography to find the best practices that could be implemented. The second one, he added, would establish a framework of contact between teachers and students and the third would look into the educational policies that could be promoted in a bicommunal federation, with a view to consolidate peaceful co-existence.
Zembylas said that each group comprises 8-10 Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot individuals, who are members of the Committee.
He said that both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides would be informed in writing on what had been decided during the meeting, to give the green light for the working groups to proceed.
Referring to Eide`s presence at the meeting, Zembylas said the special envoy told them that he fully supported the work and the efforts of the committee, and that he was at their disposal.
Zembylas said no date for the Committee`s next meeting has been set yet, however members would soon have a social meeting.
“Today we had a very good and constructive meeting. Some already know each other as we cooperated in the past as well and therefore the climate is very positive,” he noted. (CNA)