‘Peace parks’: instigating peace or pointless waste of space?

Last month, a list of confidence building measures was published as a result of the on-going negotiations between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

One of the most radical proposals in the list is the creation of a peace park in the UN buffer zone. While little information – or more accurately, no information whatsoever – was published about the thinking behind this proposal, the capacity of ‘peace parks’ to actually contribute to the building of peace is something taken for granted.

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