Kyrenia Metropolis condemns violence at occupied cemetery

The Metropolis of Kyrenia has condemned the vandalism against the orthodox cemetery of Kyrenia in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus.

In a statement following the information that the cemetery in the occupied areas has been vandalised, the Kyrenia Metropolis said that as the owner and the sole authority entitled to resolve over the orthodox Cemetery of Kyrenia, has been saddened to find out that it has recently been vandalised.

As the authority, the spiritual jurisdiction of which extends, amongst others, over spiritual affairs within the Holy Metropolitan See of Kyrenia, the Holy Metropolis of Kyrenia censures and condemns any form of violence against sacred and holy places, wherever it stems from, it is noted.

In reporting and recording its deep-felt disappointment and dismay at the incident, the Holy Metropolis of Kyrenia reiterates its long-standing and unalterable position in relation to the reverence and respect with which all sacred and holy places should be dealt with.

It adds that incidents of such nature shall neither dishearten us nor prevent us from continuing to love our fellow human beings, even those who have opted for this manner of presenting samples of civilisation.

According to Kyrenia municipality, a large number of tombs in the north-eastern side of the cemetery was destroyed recently, with Kyrenia refugees reporting the desecrated site.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of the UN-backed Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, ended inconclusively. The peace talks under the auspices of the UN aim at reuniting the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency