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Holy Synod sees ‘grave risks’ in current talks  

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The Holy Synod said on Thursday there were grave risks in the ongoing procedure to reunify the island and called on political leaders to unite in defending the country’s interests.

According to a written statement following a synod meeting, among other issues the Church leadership discussed the latest developments in the Cyprus problem.

“And after unanimously concluding that grave dangers existed in the ongoing process, it appeals to the President of the Republic and the political leadership to come to an agreement and remain unmoved in defending the interests of our country, avoiding new dangerous concessions that cast doubt over the continuation of the existence of our state and the future of our people.”

The Holy Synod is the highest authority of the Church of Cyprus but it also meddles with politics and other state matters such as education, having gained great influence during the years when the island was under Ottoman rule.

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