In light of the upcoming conference on Cyprus in Geneva, scheduled to start on Wednesday, the island’s five religious leaders pray for “a successful outcome that will ensure the end of the unacceptable status quo,” it was announced on Tuesday.
The Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus Chrysostomos II, Mufti of Cyprus, Talip Atalay, Archbishops of the Maronite and Armenian Churches, Youssef Souief and Khoren Doghramadjian respectively, and the Reverend Father Jerzy Kraj, head of the Latin Catholic Church of Cyprus, expressed their conviction that “a settlement should be based on a bi-communal, bizonal federation with political equality, as set out in the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and the High-Level Agreements.”
The religious leaders once again reaffirm that “everyone has a historic responsibility to ensure that the political conflict is resolved and the island is reunited.”
They restate their conviction that “there is no alternative to communication, co-operation and co-existence to ensure that Cyprus becomes a haven of peace with justice where religion will no longer be a victim of a political conflict, where Greeks, Turks, Armenians, Maronites, Latins, Christians, Muslims, and people of other faiths will live, work and worship side by side in total freedom and harmony.”
They restate their firm belief that “working together, seeking to overcome differences, and supporting each other are obligations for people of faith and tools to promote faith when there is doubt, love where there is hatred and hope to overcome despair.”