The Opening Ceremony of Kormakitis Center for Cooperation took place Saturday at Turkish occupied Kormakitis village, with the participation of the European Commission, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the diplomatic community as well as the different local communities on the island. According to a press release by UNDP , the project commenced in September 2021 and was completed in January 2023, with funding from the EU for the amount of EUR 1,238,506. The Kormakitis Centre for Cooperation aims to offer a wide range of programmes and learning opportunities, including languages and traditions, nature preservation, recycling and the agricultural development of organic products. The centre will also host events promoting multiculturalism both in Cyprus and beyond. In addition, young artists will have opportunities to showcase their artistic talents and skills through cultural activities. With regards to facilities, the centre will be equipped to provide basic accommodation and catering for groups of up to 60 people. Olive trees were planted by members of the Maronite community in memory of those who lost their lives as a result of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, as well as the train crash in Greece in February 2023. The Centre was constructed as part of efforts to contribute towards reconciliation and coexistence in the multi-communal landscape of Cyprus. According to the press release UNDP aims to contribute and support the peace-building process in Cyprus and to enhance cooperation between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots by implementing a range of confidence building measures. Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.
Source: Cyprus News Agency