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Frontpage News 2012 Dialogue and reconciliation


Contributing to dialogue and reconciliation in Cyprus

  • In the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are supporting the establishment of a new centre aiming to foster closer ties between civil society organisations from both communities in Cyprus. The centre will encourage use of the buffer zone, allowing it to become a symbol of cooperation, not separation.

    The driving force behind the project is the Cypriot Association for Historic Dialogue and Research (ADHR). The ADHR are now planning a new educational centre to be built in the UN-controlled buffer zone, giving the zone an entirely new function while fostering dialogue and reconciliation in Cyprus.

    Strong support

    Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway are supporting this groundbreaking project both politically and financially. Thanks to support from local authorities in both communities, the project is rooted at local level. The project is also supported by Cypriot authorities, the UN and the Council of Europe.

    Educational centre

    Several of the buildings in the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia are of historical and architectonical value, but years of neglect and decay have taken a heavy toll on many of them. ADHR will buy one of these houses, and extensive renovation works will be carried out to create the educational centre.

    The planned centre will host a museum and exhibition centre, archives, a research centre, an educational centre for children and teachers, as well as an office and meeting space for voluntary organisations. The aim is that the centre will be used by the Cypriot population from both communities, as well as by visitors to the island.

  • Country:


    Project title:

    Revitalising the "Dead Zone": An Educational Centre and Home for Cooperation

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Conservation of European cultural heritage


    € 749,920



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research

    Type of institution:

    Non-governmental organisation

    Project duration:

    25 months

    Project cost:

    € 1,243,558

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    EEA and Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    27 June 2008

    The purpose of the Project is to restore a building of significant historical architectural importance and the establishment of its functionality as a inter cultural educational centre, with the overall objective to conserve European cultural heritage with a view to initiatate sustainable livelihoods in the buffer zone. Reference is made to the application dated 23 October 2007 and any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - Acquisition of a building in the buffer zone (For a value not exceeding EUR 427.153)

    - Restoration and equipment of the selected building in the buffer zone.

    - Landscaping of the plot.

    - Publicity measures.

    The Project Promoter is the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Project Promoter provides at least 26.68 percent of the estimated eligible Project costs.