Leaders to assist the restoration of collapsed church, Technical Committee Head tells CNA

The collapse of an old church, located within Nicosia’s buffer zone, was among the issues discussed during an informal meeting, on Tuesday, between the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and according to Takis Hadjidemetriou, the Greek Cypriot Head of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the leaders said they would make every effort to assist its restoration.

Hadjidemetriou told CNA that he was informed about the leaders’ decision to address a request submitted by the Technical Committee, regarding the restoration of St. James church.

Part of St. James church, which was in need for immediate restoration works, collapsed earlier in February after heavy rainfall. The issue was raised two weeks ago, during separate meetings Hadjidemetriou and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, Ali Tuncay, had with President Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, respectively.

Speaking to CNA in the past, Hadjidemetriou had pointed to the Turkish army, which delayed any restoration works asking for the area’s demining.

The Technical Committee has been informed that the leaders will make every effort to address this issue, Hadjidemetriou said today.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

Source: Cyprus News Agency