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New digital library provides complete guide to decades of Cyprus negotiations

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A new digital library covering all things Cyprus negotiations-related is now available to the public in three languages, Greek, Turkish and English.

The comprehensive political guide has been developed and published online by the Cyprus Dialogue Forum (CDF) in an effort to contribute to transparency and public awareness on the key milestones and issues in the peace process over the decades.

The guide, which forms part of the Forum’s Shared Knowledge Resources, is designed to provide factual information on the Cyprus negotiations and support dialogue at all levels.

A chronology of events gives users a glimpse into the Cyprus problem, from the 1931 uprising against the colonial administration when demands for enosis (union with Greece) were also voiced, to the enosis plebiscite, the Eoka struggle, Cyprus’ independence, Unficyp’s arrival, and a host of other events. Some may be less known such as the first intercommunal talks in June 1968 that started in Beirut.

The timeline also offers a glimpse into the events that led to 1974, and beyond, the opening of crossings in 2003 but also all the peace proposals and talks. All topics are accompanied by links to official documents giving more information on each subject.

The website also grants access to key documents of the negotiations process and peace plans, including the document on convergences reached in the negotiation period of 2008-2012 that was prepared by the UN as a confidential document but was leaked to the press.

Among the information included is also which leaders were in power when each peace plan was discussed and on which issues convergences were reached, but also how each side have interpreted these issues.

CDF said its easy-to-use digital resource “aims to provide a comprehensive source of knowledge on issues related to the formal negotiations, structured around the six main chapters of the peace process: governance and power sharing, territory, property, economic matters, EU matters, and security and guarantees.”

Apart from providing easy access to key documents, the guide also extracts the main provisions from those documents on the big issues negotiated in the multiple rounds of peace talks over the years. The CDF Factsheets & Infographics allow the user to follow the development of the talks in each chapter, as well as compare and contrast the approach to the issues in the different phases.

All information in the guide is sourced from publicly available original documents such as previous plans, convergences, agreements, reports, etc.

The CDF is a non-formal dialogue space consisting of political, economic and social stakeholders from both communities in Cyprus. It has been designed by local stakeholders as a safe space for dialogue and as a long-term accompanying mechanism to support the peace process.

The digital library may be found at libguides.cydialogue.org/political

 

For more information about the resource guides please contact [email protected] .

 

For more information about the Cyprus Dialogue Forum visit: cydialogue.org

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