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International Conference, The Cyprus Conflict: Looking Ahead, 7-8 May 2007

International Conference:The Cyprus Conflict: Looking Ahead, 7-8 May 2007, Blue Hall, Faculty of Business and Economics, Eastern Mediterranean University

International Conference

The Cyprus Conflict: Looking Ahead

7 – 8 May 2007

Blue Hall

Faculty of Business and Economics

Eastern Mediterranean University

7 – 8 May 2007

DAY 1 (7 May)

Registration and coffee (9.00– 9.30)

CPC Opening Speech by Ahmet Sözen (Director) (9.30 – 9.40)

Keynote Speaker: Lord Hannay of Chiswick (9.40 – 10.20)
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I. Federalism and Governance in Multi-Ethnic Societies (10.30 – 12.45)

(theory and alternative models examined)

Chair: Ahmet Sözen


Hendrik Vos – “Belgium: Federal Engineering in the Heart of Europe”
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Bruno Schoch – “Federalism and Governance in Switzerland”
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Thomas D. Grant – “The Dayton Settlement in Bosnia and Herzegovina as Post-Conflict Model: Lessons for Cyprus”
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Nicholas Whyte – “Kosovo and Macedonia”

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Lunch Break (13.00 – 14.30)

II. Federalism and Cyprus (14.45 – 17.00)

Chair: Erol Kaymak


Ahmet Sözen – “The Cyprus Negotiations and the Basic Parameters”

Bruno Coppieters – “The Moral Debate on the Federalization of Cyprus”

Niyazi Kızılyürek – “Historical and Political Basis of Federalism in Cyprus”

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Didier Pfirter –
“The Federal Concept and Mechanisms of the Annan Plan”

DAY 2 (8 May)

III. EU Umbrella (9.00 - 11.00)

(Cyprus conflict in the EU and EU as a catalyst?)

Chair: Kaya Arslan


Birol Yeşilada
“Emperor Has No Clothes: EU’s Cyprus Challenge”

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Nathalie Tocci
“The EU's Missed Opportunity to Promote Reunification in Cyprus”
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Georg Ziegler
“The EU-Dimension of a Future Comprehensive Cyprus Settlement”

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Kudret Özersay
“The EU Policy of Lifting the Isolations and its Relationship with the Status Problem in Cyprus”

Erhan Erçin
“The EU Dynamics in North Cyprus”

Coffee Break (11.00 – 11.15)

IV. Intra-island Dynamics (11.15 – 13.15)

(political level and civil society initiatives)

Chair: Ahmet Sözen


Maria Hadjipavlou “Multiple Stories: The 'Crossings' as part of citiznens' reconciliation efforts?”

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Costas Constantinou
“Dominant Discourses of the 'Cyprus Problem' and Practices of Resistance”

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Erol Kaymak
“Growing Apart, Cementing Division: Civil Society and the Dearth of Ideas”

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Lunch Break (13.30 – 15.00)

V. The Latest UN Poll in Cyprus (15.00 – 17.00)
( Click here for the poll : UN Poll in Cyprus )

( Greek Cypriots and Federalism: A demographic and attitudinal analysis based on the 2007 UNFICYP survey )

Chair: Ahmet Sözen


Alexandros Lordos

Erol Kaymak

Mine Yücel

Closing (17.00 – 17.10)

CPC thanks the participants, sponsors and the audience.