the occasion, the PCC organized on 6 June an event in the Nicosia Buffer
Zone. The evening started with a panel presentation and discussion,
held at the Home for Cooperation, followed by a cocktail reception at
the Ledra Palace Hotel.
The panel discussion focused on the history of
PRIO and the PCC, outlining on the challenges faced in the process of
peace promotion in Cyprus and presenting the tangible outcomes of peace
research throughout the past decade. Panelists also discussed the
principles, vision and logic of Norwegian support for conflict
resolution, as well as of the contribution of the EEA/Norway grants
funding mechanism. The panel brought together the current and former PCC
Directors Harry Tzimitras, Greg Reichberg, Arne Strand and Gina Lende,
the Director of PRIO Kristian Berg Harpviken, Amb. Ingrid Schulerud,
Head of the EEA/Norway grants and the UNFICYP Force Commander, Maj. Gen.
Kristin Lund. The event was well attended by members of the diplomatic
community and international organizations, political party and civil
society representatives from both sides of the island, academicsand many
friends of the PCC.