The physical division of the island is accompanied by a profound alienation between both population groups. In 2004 the mutual distrust was intensified when the Annan Plan was rejected, which in turn impeded the work of the bi-communal activists on both sides. Despite the commencement of negotiations ‘by Cypriots for Cypriots’ in 2008, there has been no decisive breakthrough to date.
In order to promote the peace process, it is important to strengthen civil society actors on both sides. The FES wants to support and promote the peace process by cooperating on a basis of mutual trust with its partners. Since peace can only be achieved if all concerned are included, the FES is collaborating with a wide spectrum of international actors, Cypriot governmental authorities, political parties and universities.
Besides these, there is close cooperation with research institutions and other organisations. Actors from Greece, Turkey and other countries in the region, as well as representatives of both communities, are indispensible partners in this process.