CYPRUS ACADEMIC DIALOGUE CHARTER – OBJECTIVES

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Thoughts after the Cyprus’ Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2012

  1. Promotion of mutual understanding, trust, and cooperation among academics and intellectuals of Cyprus, Turkey and Greece through dialogue.
  2. Creation of opportunities for academics, intellectuals, policy makers and social actors to better understand each other’s lifestyles, ways of thinking, beliefs, customs as well as concerns and aspirations.
  3. Creation of opportunities for discussion of important issues and of new ideas aimed at resolving disputes, crises, or conflicts.
  4. Development of dialogue and of techniques on conflict resolution.
  5. Specifically with regard to the Cyprus problem, the Association aims to:
  • Work for the reconciliation of all communities in Cyprus;
  • Offer positive stimuli to the inter-communal talks with creative ideas aimed at overcoming stumbling blocks;
  • Press for a peaceful, just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem on the basis of bi-zonal and bi-communal federation;
  • Contribute to collective efforts of academics and intellectuals to spread and consolidate the ideas of federalism in Cyprus;
  • Work as a civil society organization aspiring to a reunified, federal, and European Cyprus, and make it a catalyst for the establishment of friendship and cooperation in the triangle of Cyprus, Turkey and Greece;
  • Work for the creation of a positive culture and the reunification of Cyprus;
  • Work for the creation of a democratic and multicultural Cyprus;
  • Cooperate with other NGO)s as well as individuals who share these values and ideas;
  • Bring together academics and intellectuals of the region in an intercultural dialogue..

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Beauty And Discord

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According to the myth, at the Gods’ party Eris threw a golden apple. All the goddesses, (Demeter, Hera, Artemis, Estia, Athena and Aphrodite) wanted to get the apple and they quarreled among themselves. Then Zeus sent Paristo make a judgment which goddess would get it.

Aphrodite appeared to his eyes the most beautiful among the goddesses and Paris offered the apple to her. The Gods’ party is the symbol of the ultra-mundane forces of the Lords.

The golden apple is the world, as the world by nature draws its existence from the opposites and that’s why it is said that the world is governed by discord.

Gods offer different gifts to the world, and that’s why they seem to quarrel for the apple. Paris is the symbol of the living soul; she lives and acts according to the commands of the senses. But the senses not being able to discern the other forces that exist in the world at a glance, she sees beauty, and for this reason offers the golden apple, the world, to Aphrodite.

Aphrodite, together with Apollo and Hermes bring harmony to the world in spite of the differences of each being. We see these puzzles and hidden indications in the statues of the gods. Apollo holds the guitar, while Aphrodite appears nude because beauty creates harmony as beauty is not hidden from those who seek her with their eyes.

Apollo and Aphrodite are among the primary rulers of the world. They encompass within them other secondary gods such as Asclepius emanating from Apollo and the Graces emanating from Aphrodite.

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