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Bi-communal visit to Muslim monuments in Paphos

Politicians from across the divide visited Muslim monuments in Paphos as part of a series of visits to religious and cultural sites all over Cyprus

POLITICIANS from across the divide visited Muslim monuments in Paphos yesterday as part of a series of visits to cultural and religious sites all over Cyprus, facilitated by the Slovak Embassy.

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot party representatives, accompanied by Slovak Ambassador Oksana Tomov, visited mosques in Mouttalos and lower Paphos, as well as the Ottoman baths.

Party representatives were first received by Paphos Mayor Savvas Vergas, who briefed them on initiatives to protect ancient monuments, without discrimination, in the framework of the 2017 European Capital of Culture programme.

DISY’s Phivos Nicolaides said that such visits of parties from both sides of the dividing line aim to “keep the door open” for a future Cyprus solution.

AKEL’s Christos Christofides welcomed the initiative to carry out the visit, which sends the message that cultural monuments in Cyprus are part of the cultural heritage of both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

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