CYPRUS MEETING: CHRYSOSTOMOS: “WHILE EUROPE IS UNITED, NICOSIA IS DIVIDED”” “

(Simona Mengascini SIR’s correspondent in Cyprus) A heart-felt appeal to "everyone’s humanism" was made at the end of the Meeting by the archbishop of Cyprus, the Orthodox Patriarch Chrysostomos, because "here in Cyprus we cannot tolerate injustice and the violation of human rights". The Patriarch, who wanted the event to be held in his island, recalled that "while Europe is united, Nicosia is divided by the wall of occupation” and "we are not entitled to go back to our homes”. Chrysostomos also spoke of the ethnic separation and colonisation policies that are carried out by Turkey and the destruction of over 500 churches. “Can there be peace in these circumstances?”, he asked, then he made an appeal to "everyone’s religious sentiments, that we too may find justice and peace”. The Patriarch ended by saying that "peace is the coexistence of one’s freedom with everyone else’s freedom: we believe this appeal will not fall on deaf ears”.” “

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