As Daisaku Ikeda says “true and lasting peace will be realised only by forging bonds of trust between people at the deepest level, the depths of their very lives”. Inspired by this quote, “Pathways to Peaceful Coexistence” will serve as an online hub where people from both sides of the UN divide will engage into a discussion over their own future - with the ultimate aim of creating a common vision in a unified Cyprus.
In more specific terms, “Pathways to Peaceful Coexistence” will be developed as an online exchange platform as well as a mobile application (designed to run on smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices). Through this online platform, people will be asked to deliberate over the scenario of a re-unified Cyprus, and they will be invited to consider what values, policies and safeguards should be put in place to ensure that Cyprus will be a country in which they can live a life of dignity and pursue their dreams in a peaceful environment. The online nature of the platform will also encourage people to overcome any physical barriers and exchange ideas more openly without feeling oppressed.
As a neutral digital space, “Pathways to Peaceful Coexistence” will not only aim to serve “usual suspects”, but also seek to reach out to people who feel disappointed, excluded or estranged from the peace process. In other words, this platform will provide an opportunity for engagement and participation by the larger public to raise their voice and share opinions in a respectful manner. By enabling people to share their security-related and implementation-related fears and concerns, “Pathways to Peaceful Coexistence” will support building trust, encourage inter-communal dialogue and connect different groups to enhance understanding between (and within) them. Consequently, it will allow for new narratives to emerge and new identities to be explored – which are essential to build a common vision for the future.