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Cyprus’ religious leaders condemn acts of violence and terrorism

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The five main religious leaders of Cyprus have released a joint statement condemning all forms of attacks, terrorism and violence in Cyprus, the region, and the world.

The announcement was issued by Office of the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process, and co-signed by Archbishop Chrysostomos II, Mufti Talip Atalay, Armenian Archbishop Nareg, Maronite Archbishop Soueif and the Latin representative Reverend Father Jerzy Kraj.

The statement is the second where the leaders of the five main religious groups in Cyprus have issued a joint communiqué. The first followed the Joint Declaration on the Cyprus peace process and the resumption of the negotiations, made in February 2014, the announcement said.

In the new joint statement the religious leaders “categorically condemn all forms of violence against innocent civilians. No war, no act of terrorism, atrocities or violent attacks against innocent people can be justified in the name of God Almighty or any religion or humanity. War begets war. Violence begets violence. All people of good will must stand together to respect, support and care for one another. Violence in the name of God is violence against religion itself.”

The religious leaders reaffirm that “the dialogue we have experienced together has strengthened our conviction that there is no future without tolerance, respect and peaceful co-existence. With our different identities we have to be together as one human family, as people of every faith or none. We have a responsibility to preach, act and show that our shared respect for human life and dignity is stronger than evil acts of terror, and perversion of religion.”

The five main religious leaders of the island, Greek Orthodox, Muslim, Armenian Orthodox, Maronite and Latin Catholic, have been engaging since 2011 in a dialogue to build trust among communities, in support of the political track for a settlement of the Cyprus problem.

The full declaration may be found on the website of each religious community.





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