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Discussion with the Elders on building trust

As part of their visit to Cyprus in December 2009 Desmond Tutu, Lakhdar Brahimi and Jimmy Carter took part in a discussion on building trust in conflict-affected communities.

Desmond Tutu, along with his fellow Elders Lakhdar Brahimi and Jimmy Carter, arrives for the discussion in Nicosia

Bishop Nikiforos of Kykkos, of the Greek Orthodox church, and Desmond Tutu greet each other warmly.

Lakhdar Brahimi: "The agreement won’t be perfect but it should be supported. A compromise solution is better than no solution."

Bishop Nikiforos: "I will dedicate my life until I see the flower of peace bloom in Cyprus."

 "I don't believe peace is a dream. I believe it's a reality waiting to happen."

Desmond Tutu: "If we are going to be a community, then we have to have a shared understanding of our past."

As part of their visit to Cyprus Desmond Tutu, Lakhdar Brahimi and Jimmy Carter took part in a discussion on building trust in conflict-affected communities.

They shared their experiences and listened to the questions, thoughts and experiences of an audience made up of a wide cross-section of both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. Participants included members of civil society, business, unions, media, youth and women's groups and religious leaders.

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