Project Study tour to Cyprus for key civil society experts involved in CBM work and settlement of the Transnistrian problem

Sector: Social

Implemented by: Crisis Management Initiative

Duration: October –December 2011

Budget: EUR 19,989

Partners: Centre for Strategic Studies and Reforms (CISR), Chisinau and Bureau for Political Research and Information Technologies ”Mediator”, Tiraspol.

Status: Project activities concluded.

Short description: The objective of the study tour was to begin the process of capacity building for key civil society experts from Chisinau, Tiraspol, EU, Kyiv and Moscow to analyse and support the development of effective CBMs in Moldova-Transdniestria by providing them with access to relevant international expertise from the CBMs process in Cyprus. The study visit took place on 1 to 4 November 2011. A group of high-level experts focused on the peace process in Moldova-Transnistria were brought to Cyprus for an intensive study tour of the Cypriot experience with confidence building measures, socioeconomic cooperation and civil society peacebuilding initiatives, as well as a specific focus on the EU’s rules of engagement for the unrecognized Northern part of Cyprus. The experts included former and current members of the official teams involved in the political negotiations in Moldova-Transnistria, as well as senior civil society experts. Participants also took part from Brussels, Berlin, Moscow and Kyiv.

Results: During the study tour the experts met with former President of the Republic of Cyprus George Vasiliou, former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, current Special Representatives from both sides involved in the UN-facilitated negotiations process, as well as civil society experts, town mayors, chambers of commerce and officials from both the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities and the EU and UN institutions present on the island. Please see attached (Annex I) the full programme of the study visit