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Series of round tables will be taking place in Yerevan on 4-6 April

In ANNOUNCEMENTS, NEWS on 04/04/2011 at 10:07

Experience in peaceful co-existence after the armed conflicts in Northern Ireland and Cyprus and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict – series of round tables in Yerevan

Series of round tables will be taking place in Yerevan on 4-6 April to discuss existing experience in peaceful co-existence after armed conflicts in other parts of the world.  Prominent former and current political figures and experts that have been involved in the peacebuilding processes addressing the Northern-Ireland and Cyprus conflicts will be sharing their first-hand experience in these discussions. Among the international delegates that will be taking part in the round tables are:

Jonathan Powell –  Chief of Staff to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and a Chief Negotiator on Northern Ireland, representing the Office of the UK Prime Minister;

Sean Farren – a prominent Northern Irish politician and a Senior Negotiator in the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)’s negotiating team during the 1996-98 talks that led to the Belfast Peace Agreement;

Denis Haughey another prominent Northern Irish politician, senior member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)’s negotiating team in the peace talks on Northern Ireland and a member of the drafting team which wrote all of the SDLP documents that laid the basis for the Belfast Peace Agreement.

Clem McCartney – an international expert that has worked on conflict and peacebuilding issues since mid-1980s with particular focus on how to create the conditions for negotiations, dialogue processes and the problems of implementing peace agreements during the post-settlement phase.

Takis Hadjidemetriou – a prominent political figure in Cyprus known for his support of the UN peace plan for Cyprus.  Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus.

Kutlay Erk –  a prominent figure in the political and social life of Cyprus and a Special Envoy of the former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat until April 2010;

Emine Colak – a human rights lawyer working for a better understanding of the human rights issues needing to be resolved for a settlement to the Cyprus problem;

Dr. Meltem Samani – a Board Member of the  Association for Historical Dialogue and Research in Cyprus, researcher in the area of cultural and political history of Cyprus, a teacher trainer and a peace activist in Cyprus.

During the series of round tables, international and Armenian experts will discuss the factors that have contributed to the breakthroughs in peace processes; the main challenges on the way to reaching an agreement and ways to address them; the role of civil society initiatives and the media in peacebuilding and other questions.

The events are organised by the peacebuilding organisation International Alert, together with the Caucasus Institute in Yerevan. The initiative is funded by the European Union.

For further information contact: D. Roussanova,, +447759585451 (mob)

AGENDA for 6th of April

11.00 – 14.00 Meeting with young activists and students  

Audience: students of CI, Yerevan State and other universities, young civil society activists (30 people)

Format: open event

Venue: Caucasus Institute

Main questions to be addressed:

What are the similarities and the differences between the Cyprus conflict and the Northern Ireland conflict?

The theory and practice of conflict resolution: is each ethno-political conflict unique?

Generation change in the societies of the conflicting parties and reassessment of values and goals: are these significant factors for peace?

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch