Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs holds a conference on Cyprus, May 4-5, 2003.The topic is “The Accession of Cyprus to the EU: Challenges and Opportunities”. The list of the participants include UN and EU officials actively involved with Cyprus and the accession process. Amongst them, Alvaro DeSoto (Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on Cyprus, United Nations), who is going to be the keynote speaker of the first day’s panel, “The Cyprus Issue in Perspective”. Former UN special representative Gustav Feissel, Leopold Maurer (European Commission DG Enlargement Head of Unit Negotiator for Cyprus), Ambassador John B. Richardson (Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to the United Nations), Ambassador Nicos Agathocleous (Formerly Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus to the E.U. and to the United Nations, Research Associate, Institute for the Study of Europe, Columbia University), Professor Volker R. Berghahn (Director, Institute for the Study of Europe, Columbia University), etc.
The conference will take place on Sunday, May 4, 5:15pm, at the Columbia University (420 West 118th Street, Dag Hammarskjold Lounge 6th Floor)
On the second day, the conference begins at 9 am. There will be four panels. The first on “The Process Towards EU Accession and a Political Solution to the Cyprus Issue”.
The second on “The Functioning of Federal States within the EU: Possibilities and Problems Associated with the case of Cyprus”.
The third panel on “The Acquis Communautaire with Respect to Issues of Human and Property Rights: Lessons from Europe”. And finally , “Agents in the Building of a Civic Society in Multiethnic States : What does European Experience Suggest?”