Cyprus Mediation Association

Questions & Answers

  1. What is your version of conflict?

    It is a dispute between at least two parties that have a kind of interdependency and seek seemingly incompatible pursuits. Each wants to win over the other. This incompatibility of aims may be based to the past, the present and/or the future.

  2. What are the positive things in the peaceful conflict resolution?

    • It leads to an open dialogue.
    • It is an opportunity to solve differences.
    • It increases mutual understanding and respect.
    • It may increase productivity.
    • It may help the parties to cooperate with each other.
    • It improves communication and negotiation skills.
    • It relieves from anxiety and tension through the expression of repressed emotions. Also raises the moral of the parties.
  3. Self-reflection is a significant aspect of one's life. How can one apply this in a conflict?

    • To accept the fact that conflict is part of our lives and emerges through our interaction with others. One must try to avoid seeing negatively one's opponent.
    • To think that there are always choices for a solution and that they will come about through one's behaviors.
    • To realize that the other's positions can be attributed to many reasons and think that conflict is an opportunity to lead to something more productive compared to the situation prior to the conflict.
  4. Is mediation always voluntary?

    Not exactly. In many countries is required by law, disputants to try first mediation prior to litigation. In others it is only voluntary or at least there is a recommendation by the court for mediation to be attempted first.

    Our view is that disputants should be prompted by the law to have the opportunity of one session with a mediator, in order to be given details as to what mediation can offer to them.

  5. What is actually arbitration?

    Arbitration may be compulsory or voluntary. A third party or a committee, of the choice or not of the parties, intervenes in the dispute. Opportunity is given to the parties to present and justify their positions, their needs and interests. Finally the arbitrator reaches a decision that may have either compulsory or advisory character.

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