Bi-com­mu­nal ini­tia­tives ‘can help reach a Cyprus set­tle­ment’

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Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades said that the gov­ern­ment re­mains com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing bi-com­mu­nal ini­tia­tives which in turn sup­port ef­forts at find­ing a com­pre­hen­sive set­tle­ment that will end the un­ac­cept­able sta­tus quo and re­unite the coun­try, its peo­ple, the econ­omy and in­sti­tu­tions.

Ad­dress­ing the Ste­lios Phil­an­thropic Foun­da­tion award­giv­ing cer­e­mony, Anas­tasi­ades said that the sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits as­so­ci­ated with Greek and Turk­ish Cypri­ots work­ing to­gether, will be greatly am­pli­fied once a set­tle­ment to the Cyprus prob­lem is reached. Above all, it will ful­fil the as­pi­ra­tion of our peo­ple to live in a modern Euro­pean home­land un­der con­di­tions of sta­bil­ity, se­cu­rity and safety, he said, ac­cord­ing to the Cyprus News Agency.

The an­nual awards, fully funded by the se­rial en­tre­pre­neur’s non-profit fund, have been fund­ing bi­com­mu­nal projects that en­cour­age co­op­er­a­tion, as well as en­trepreneur­ship. This year’s win­ners to­talled 50 who took home 10,000 eu­ros each.

As re­gards the cur­rent state of play in the ne­go­ti­a­tions, Anas­tasi­ades said that “we have now reached a crit­i­cal stage at which we ex­pect all rel­e­vant in­ter­ested par­ties and stake­hold­ers to en­gage con­struc­tively and pro­ceed with con­crete and tan­gi­ble steps which will pos­i­tively re­in­force the ne­go­ti­at­ing process and our ef­forts of reach­ing a set­tle­ment as soon as pos­si­ble.”

A set­tle­ment which will cre­ate a win-win sit­u­a­tion for all Cypri­ots, ad­dress the ex­pec­ta­tions, sen­si­tiv­i­ties and con­cerns of both com­mu­ni­ties and en­sure mu­tual re­spect, peace­ful co-ex­is­tence and pros­per­ous col­lab­o­ra­tion between all ci­ti­zens, ir­re­spec­tive of their eth­nic, cul­tural and re­li­gious di­ver­sity, he added.

A to­tal amount of 2 mln eu­ros has been awarded by the Ste­lios Phil­an­thropic fund since 2009 to projects of all forms of hu­man co­op­er­a­tion in­clud­ing busi­ness, sciences, arts, sport, NGO work and com­mu­nity af­fairs.

Anas­tasi­ades ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the ini­tia­tive of Ste­lios Had­jioan­nou and his Phil­an­thropic Foun­da­tion, “as it not only re­wards ef­forts aimed at pro­mot­ing and de­vel­op­ing com­mon en­deav­ours between Greek and Turk­ish Cypri­ots in a wide ar­ray of fields, but, and most im­por­tantly, ac­tively con­trib­utes in en­hanc­ing the so­cio-eco­nomic bonds of the two com­mu­ni­ties.”

He said that the im­pres­sive outreach and suc­cess of these awards should come as no sur­prise: Greek and Turk­ish Cypri­ots jointly worked to­gether for decades, prov­ing that their com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor, their Cypriot iden­tity and their de­sire to pros­per to­gether, are strong and en­dur­ing.

On his part, Had­jioan­nou said that when he started grant­ing these awards it was all about busi­ness. “But over the years I think right in front of our eyes we watched the so­ci­ety and the com­mu­ni­ties change on the is­land. So we ex­panded the scope,” he added. He re­called that in the first year they gave five prizes, for which they re­ceived ten ap­pli­ca­tions. He added that over the years the num­bers kept go­ing up.

“I am de­lighted to say that this year, the eighth year, we re­ceived a record num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions from 215 teams that have ac­tively ap­plied to be part of this,” he added.

He noted that “peo­ple be­gin to care and I think that’s a very im­por­tant change. It’s some­thing to be proud of, it’s some­thing to strive for,” adding that even though only 50 teams have re­ceived awards there are 215 win­ning teams.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, Had­jioan­nou gave the floor to a Greek Cypriot and a Turk­ish Cypriot elec­tri­cian who elab­o­rated on their co­op­er­a­tion, not­ing that the money they re­ceived will be used to set up a cen­tre for the train­ing of elec­tri­cians from both sides.

The 50 award-win­ning bi-com­mu­nal teams are:

1. Chara Savvi­dou, Neshe Yashin – Ex­hi­bi­tion and Po­etry Book in Greek and Turk­ish 2. Har­ris Kafkarides, Yasar Er­soy – A web page & book which records the 30 col­lab­o­rat­ing years of Satiriko & Belediye the­atre 3. Costas Kafkarides, Aliye Um­manel – Joint the­atre events 4. Natalie Neo­phy­tou, Ni­hat Ag­dac – Bi-com­mu­nal cham­ber orches­tra 5. Vasilis Htisti, Zafer Biler – Joint restau­rant in the North 6. Mar­ios Ni­co­laou, Vasvi Cift­cioglu – Sou­venir post­cards made with re­cy­cled pa­per 7. Yian­nis Pa­padikos, Ti­bet Nidai – Fish mer­chants 8. Kon­stanti­nos Ah­ni­o­tis, Nahide Merlen – Bi-com­mu­nal chil­dren’s book 9. Michael Theodorou, Niyazi Kizilyurek trans­la­tion of GC poet’s Vasilis Michaelides work 10. Socrates Stratis, Esra Can Ak­bil – Bi-com­mu­nal team of ar­chi­tects/de­sign­ers for the re­con­struc­tion of Fa­m­a­gusta af­ter the so­lu­tion 11. Gas­ton Neo­cleous, Tuncer Huseyin Bagiskan – So­cial, cul­tural and en­ter­tain­ing ac­tiv­i­ties is­land wide 12. An­ge­liki Yi­assemides, Me­hves Beyi­doglu Onen Trilin­gual pri­mary school 13. So­tia Adami­dou, Simge Kahve­cioglu Ze­ki­can – The Cyprus Friend­ship Pro­gram (8 years) an all vol­un­teer peace build­ing project 14. Olga Demetriou, Mu­rat Ili­can – De­vel­op­ing of an ur­ban nat­u­ral veg­etable gar­den 15. Paul Costeas, Ovgu Once cam­paigns 16. Mike Michael, Sukran Oz­er­dem Michael - Mar­ried cou­ple with a son 17. An­tri­ani Char­alam­bous, Mehmet Bir­inci – Cou­ple in life and busi­ness part­ners 18. Larkos Larkou, Hat­ice mu­si­cians 19. Van­ge­lis Eleft­he­riou, Gunce Kozal – Ob­sta­cle runs across Cyprus coun­try­side 20. Ta­nia Mat­souka, Nazo Can­itez – Yoga / climb­ing re­treats 21. Michalis Pan­telides, Mustafa El­mas – Tango teach­ers / classes 22. Ni­co­las

Ar­dost –


Costanti­nou, Ayse Karaoglan –


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Bi-com­mu­nal con­cert (8 mu­si­cians) 23. Pan­i­cos Ste­likos, Mehmet Gokyigit ex­hi­bi­tions is­land wide 24. Antigoni Kyr­i­aki­dou, Mehmet Yig­iter – Cyprus Ac­cor­dion As­so­ci­a­tion 25. Ar­gyro Touma­zou, Irina Try­fon, Ozgul Con­fronta­tion through Art project (visual arts) 26. Con­stanti­nos Kypri­anou, Barcin Gok­boru – ‘Mu­sic Unites The World’ - Mu­si­cians 27. Anna Pro­dro­mou, Sami Ozuslu – Doc­u­men­tary Air­port of the Di­vided Cap­i­tal City” 28. Elena Chris­tou, Kadir Yor­gan­cioglu – Gran­ite traders 29. Sotiris An­to­niou, Kutret Balci – Honey pro­duc­ers 30. An­dreas Louras, Bozdag Ba­lik­ci­lik – Fish mer­chants 31. Ge­orge Pix­ios Kyr­i­a­cou, Mehmet Na­si­boglu – Elec­tri­cal con­trac­tors 32. Pro­dro­mos Pro­dro­mou, Mustafa Dar­baz – Potato traders 33. Zenos Lemis, Min­han Sa­giroglou – Lawyers and part­ners with mu­tual clients on both sides 34. Anna Marangou, Orhan Tolun – Walks and his­tor­i­cal and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites 35. An­dreas Chris­tou, Yucem Rasi­moglu – Bi - com­mu­nal projects (4) in Li­mas­sol 36. Gior­gos Ge­or­giou, Nerkis Musa – tra­di­tional cook­ing book in both lan­guages 37. Maro Kypri­anou, Mehmet Emin Bi­com­mu­nal folk­loric dance group 38. Rita Sev­eris, Gulden Plumer Kuchuk – Bi­com­mu­nal mu­seum 39. Elias Pan­telides, Mustafa Bal­cioglu – Acheon Akti Polythe­matic Mu­seum’ at Karpasi penin­sula 40. Ste­lios Dia­man­tis, Ra­madan Gi­lan­li­ogullari – ‘Ki­lani Vil­lage Ex­pa­tri­ates As­so­ci­a­tion’ or­gan­i­sa­tion of lo­cal events 41. Maro Em­manuel, Mehmet Hoca – Ac­tivists for the ren­o­va­tion / re­build­ing of Ayia Ma­rina vil­lage 42. Mar­i­anna Kokota, Duriye Gokce­bag – Greek and Turk­ish lan­guage cour­ses 43. Xe­nia Loizidou, Ser­dar Atai – Ma­rine Lit­ter Cyprus – Is­land wide project for the ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment 44. An­touanetta Kat­si­oloudi, Bel­gin Demirel – Rais­ing funds for pro­grams for dis­abled peo­ple 45. Michalis Tsik­nakis, Ta­nur Ser­tuglu – Mar­ried cou­ple 46. Con­stanti­nos Had­jichristofi, Ceren Ataker Etci – Mar­ried cou­ple 47. Mar­ilena Evan­gelou, Cenk Mut­luyakali – Jour­nal­ists at Poli­tis and Yeniduzen. Both pa­pers are co­op­er­at­ing 48. An­dreas Splash Kyr­i­a­cou, Uy­gar Erdim – ‘GeekO­to­pos’ – Workspace for cre­ative pro­fes­sion­als 49. Lar­rys Phy­lac­tou, Has­san Ejkein – Masters Swim­mers (veter­ans), tak­ing part at swim­ming com­pe­ti­tions in Cyprus and abroad 50. An­to­nis Ha­jirous­sos, Ozgur tourism at Kor­maki­tis vil­lage

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