Time to heal the wounds in Cyprus


Would a Truth Commission investigating the 1963 and 1974 atrocities in Cyprus help or hinder the divided island’s ongoing reunification efforts? Is there ever a good time to say sorry? Can a tortured society handle the truth?

Those were questions debated by a panel of four speakers – two Greek Cypriots and two Turkish Cypriots – with the participation of a lively, mostly youthful, bi-communal audience at Point Centre for Contemporary Art in Nicosia last week.

The panellists were human rights lawyer Achilleas Demetriades, researcher and activist Bulent Kanol, social and business entrepreneur Yiannis Laouris and academic Erol Kaymak.

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