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Sweden donates €98,000 to Home for Cooperation to weather pandemic

Home For Cooperation

Sweden’s foreign ministry on Tuesday donated €98,000 to Home for Cooperation to support its recovery and sustainability from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The cheque, for 1million Swedish Krona (€98,000) was presented by Sweden’s Ambassador to Nicosia, Anders Hagelberg to the director of the Home for Cooperation, Lefki Lambrou.

The Covid-pandemic, the ambassador said, has caused significant economic loss for many, including the Home for Cooperation.

“It is our belief that bicommunal contacts are particularly important for confidence building on this island and for contributing to a sustainable peace process,” Hagelberg said.

He added that the Home for Cooperation has a vital and unique role in upholding and facilitating contacts across the island, as well as in facilitating the efforts of civil society for peacebuilding. He also mentioned that it was home to the Office of the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process under the auspices of the Swedish Embassy.

The Home for Cooperation is a community centre located across from Ledra Palace hotel in the Nicosia buffer zone.

Due to its location, it is easily accessible for both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and it hosts groups and activities promoting intercommunal cooperation, peacebuilding and intercultural dialogue.

“I would like to thank the Home for Cooperation for their continued efforts in acting as a bridge-builder,” the ambassador said.

Lambrou said that, as an organisation on the Green Line working between communities with  a bicommunal team, the work of the Home of Cooperation has been affected by the “political decisions taken by the authorities in the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities,” since, for the first time since 2003, the crossing points gradually closed forcing the centre to remain closed for a significant period of time.

The grant from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she said,  will allow the Home of Cooperation team to continue to work towards “bringing people together to cooperate beyond boundaries and dividing lines, thus contributing to the collective efforts of civil society and their commitment to peacebuilding and intercultural dialogue.”

 

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