ON the occasion of Ramadan on July 7, about 1,000 people of Turkish origin who live in the north will make a pilgrimage to the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque led by Mufti Dr Talip Atalay.
“The pilgrimage was made possible after an agreement by religious leaders Archbishop Chrysostomos and the Mufti Talip Atalay in 2014,” an UNFICYP statement said on Friday, adding “the agreement is welcomed by the leaders of the two communities. It was reached within the framework of religious dialogue under the auspices of the Embassy of Sweden.”
“We hail this agreement between the religious leaders, the gesture of Archbishop Chrysostomos II and the efforts of the religious leaders for human rights and peace as a clear sign of hope. Respecting the right to worship and access to places of worship for everyone as a basic human right is a strong foundation for confidence building, peace and reconciliation in Cyprus that should be nurtured, protected and advocated,” Salpy Eskidjian, the main facilitator of the agreement commented.
It is expected that representatives of Maronites, Armenians and Latins will also be present.
Due to the pilgrimage, the mosque will be closed to tourists and other visitors until 4.30pm on July 7.