Fostering mutual understanding through the Cyprus Dialogue Forum
The programme supports the Cyprus Dialogue Forum (CDF), which is a permanent dialogue platform bringing together policy makers and civil society of the two communities and from different sectors. In the period that followed Crans-Montana, CDF succeeded in maintaining and even increasing its bi-communal work, therefore confirming its key role as a “safety net” to the peace process when the Track 1 process stagnates. Currently, the programme has focused on sharing the results and lessons learned from the programme, both internally and externally through a policy paper and a letter to the Secretary-General. These will highlight the need to support a peacebuilding process in Cyprus, to create the conditions for the resumption of formal negotiations while responding to the factors of failure of previous processes.