The Home for Cooperation on Friday marked the tenth anniversary since its establishment, pledging to continue working towards reconciliation between Greek and Turkish Cypriots and a sustainable peace on the island.
“As we reach the 10-year milestone, we restate our determination to continue working tirelessly towards reconciliation and towards cultivating a sustainable peace for the people of Cyprus, freed from the traumas and stigmas of the past,” a news release said. “And while we take this moment to take pride in all that has been achieved, we cannot celebrate as we would have planned as the crossing points’ closure keeps many of our friends and family away.”
The Home for Cooperation was established in 2011 by the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) as an educational and research centre.
Through the years, it transformed into an intercommunal community centre, with its own multicommunal team.
“Today, the Home is a hub welcoming all communities of the island in the buffer zone, while at the same time running artistic and cultural programs contributing to the peacebuilding efforts on the ground.”
The Home for Cooperation is committed to working towards positive peace for Cyprus and its people, built upon the values of diversity, respect, and human dignity.
In the past decade, the Home has created a microcosm which reflects what the future of Cyprus could look like.
“It has shown that the people of Cyprus can overcome the barriers in their minds and hearts, work together and learn to live together once again.”