The Centre for Cross Border Studies was delighted to welcome a delegation of young leaders from the South Caucasus to Armagh on 8 June.
Since the early 1990s, the South Caucasus region has been suffering from multiple highly-militarised conflicts, leading to thousands of casualties and millions of refugees and internally displaced persons. To this day, despite ceasefire agreements and official negotiation processes, the conflicts are still impacting people’s lives on a daily basis.
During their visit to CCBS, we shared with them information about the mission, values and diverse areas of activities in which the Centre is involved. A presentation by CCBS Director Ruth Taillon then introduced a discussion about cross-border cooperation and peacebuilding on the island of Ireland and some of the lessons that could be of benefit in other border regions. Following the visit, she commented,
“We are very happy to have been able to share our experiences and analysis with these young peacemakers. While usually, our East-West cooperation is focused on these islands and other European border regions, in the past we have also had opportunities to share learning with organisations in Macedonia and Tajikistan. While our cultures may be very different, we have many challenges in common and the learning is always a mutually beneficial two-way process.”