Patriarch of Moscow: The non-solution of the Cyprus problem is an open wound

The non solution to the Cyprus problem is an open wound, said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

He made the remark during a meeting with the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in Moscow, Leonidas Markides, this week. The courtesy meeting was held at the Patriarchal and Synodic Residence of the Holy Monastery of St. Daniel in Moscow, a Foreign Ministry statement said.

At the meeting, the excellent relations between Cyprus and Russia were reaffirmed. Ambassador Markides briefed the Patriarch on the latest developments of the Cyprus question, the non-solution of which was characterised by the Patriarch as an “open wound”, not only for the Cypriots, but also for the entire Orthodox world.

The discussion between the Patriarch and the Ambassador also covered the destruction of the cultural and religious heritage in the occupied areas of Cyprus, and the efforts made by the Government and the Church of Cyprus to repatriate religious heirlooms illegally exported and traded on the international markets, the statement concluded.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results.

Source: Cyprus News Agency