In an edition from the UN Buffer Zone on June 28, Jonathan Dimbleby will hear from leaders, thinkers and an audience from both main communities about the challenges and opportunities facing Cyprus, and what they mean for Turkey and for Europe.
“As leaders of both the Greek Cypriot community and the Turkish Cypriot community claim progress is being made, perhaps a solution can at last be found to the ‘Cyprus Problem’,” a news release said.
The event at Chateau Status will examine whether the challenge of a united Cyprus is a challenge that the European Union can meet. “In a time of turmoil, what does the future of the European Union mean to the island of Cyprus?” it added.
On the panel will be Averof Neophytou, leader of DISY; Meltem Onurkan Samani, Adviser to the Turkish Cypriot Leadership; Christiana Erotokritou, DIKO MP, Jan Techau, Director of Brussels-based research institute Carnegie Europe and Niyazi Kizilyurek, Professor of Political History at The University of Cyprus.
BBC World Questions is an English language event staged in partnership with the British Council.
Mary Hockaday, Controller BBC World Service English, said: “The BBC World Service is the home of international debate and this edition of World Questions comes from one of the fault lines of Europe. With many other big challenges facing Europe, we look forward to hearing the views of our distinguished panel and the audience in Nicosia – and sharing them with the rest of Europe and the world.”
Sandra Hamrouni, Director of British Council Cyprus, added: “We are delighted to be once again partnering with the BBC for World Questions following successful events in Athens, Riga and Berlin earlier this year. Working in partnership with the BBC enables the British Council to further enhance the reputation of the UK globally through our work in cultural relations.”
World Questions: Europe’s Challenges will be lead entirely by questions from the audience and will be recorded for international radio broadcast on BBC World Service to air on Saturday July 2.
If you would like to join the debate as part of the audience please apply for free tickets here: http://www.britishcouncil.com.cy/events/bbc-world-questions-public-debate