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Greens raise questions over cemetery discrimination

Tala cemetery
Tala cemetery

FOLLOWING a raft of complaints that foreign residents are being refused burial plots at local cemeteries, Green party MP George Perdikis has raised the question in parliament.

Perdikis addressed the matter concerning discrimination in writing, referring in particular to recent incidents in both Tala and Peyia, which he said required an answer from the relevant authorities.

“I recently learned that the community council at Tala has refused to give permission for burial of an elderly resident of the community on the grounds that the cemetery belongs to Cypriot villagers. The deceased was finally buried in a neighbouring community cemetery,” he said. “It is also noted that the recent expansion to the cemetery at the community’s expense was made by all members of the community, both Cypriots and foreigners.”

He said that he believed that EU and foreign residents were charged a larger amount and that he had heard of similar reports in Peyia and elsewhere.

Perdikis questioned if the House of Representatives was aware of this situation and of any other incidents and what action is intended to stop “this racist and unfair attitude against the community and foreign residents living in Cyprus”.

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