On March 8, the French Embassy in Cyprus hosted a debate between Androula Vassiliou, the Cypriot former European Commissioner; Emine Colac, a Turkish Cypriot attorney; and Elizabeth Spehar, head of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
The moderators were a Greek Cypriot journalist and a Turkish Cypriot journalist.
The discussion was followed by a large Cypriot audience from both communities.
This highly symbolic event was rebroadcast by the local television network and the Cypriot press agency. It was widely commented upon by local media.
It was in line with the Embassy’s initiatives to fuel the exchange of ideas by bringing together representatives from the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities.
Such initiatives have been carried out throughout the diplomatic network.