Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots are increasingly growing apart in cultural terms, according to the latest survey conducted by the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development.
The survey also revealed that Turkish Cypriots were moving away from the tendency towards a settlement.
Announcing the results of the survey titled “How can Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots be more involved in deciding their common future? Analysis of SCORE Index findings” at a public discussion held at the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, the Research Director of the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development Prof. Ahmet Sözen said that the poll had been conducted on a sample group of 500 people from each of the Turkish and Greek Cypriot communities between 2013 and 2014.
Stating that the aim of the survey was to see how cohesion between the two communities changed from one year to the next– as well as the readiness for political compromise, Sözen said that the study was an excellent early warning system to see how relations between the two communities were going.
Prof. Sözen said that while the survey results showed that Turkish Cypriots had started moving away from the tendency to vote in favor of a settlement, it also revealed that Greek Cypriots were more inclined towards a settlement in 2014 compared to the previous year.
He said that the most striking aspects the survey revealed was the fact that there was a decreasing trend for Turkish Cypriots on reconciliation and their propensity to vote ‘Yes’ in a Future Referendum as well as the growing distance between the two communities culturally.
Sözen also pointed out that the great responsibility fell on both civil society organisations and the international community in evaluating the results of the survey carefully.
“It is therefore important that Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots embrace diversity and reduce social distance while also that the peace process is more inclusive” he said.