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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 13-10-22

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


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  • [01] UN rapporteur welcomes breakthrough for religious freedom in Cyprus

  • [01] UN rapporteur welcomes breakthrough for religious freedom in Cyprus

    UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, has welcomed a key breakthrough in inter-faith communication reached by a cross section of religious leaders on the whole of Cyprus, which allowed Greek Orthodox and Muslim religious leaders to cross the demarcation line.

    "These may seem like small steps, but they constitute a huge leap for the religious communities concerned," Bielefeldt said, adding that he was "very pleased about the recent positive developments and improved climate of inter-religious communication in Cyprus" and that he considers it to be "a breakthrough for religious freedom on the whole island."

    A UN press release notes that on October 18, the Grand Mufti of Cyprus Talip Atalay crossed the demarcation line and held service at Hala Sultan Mosque near Larnaca for the first time. This was possible due to an agreement reached with Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus Chrysostomos II, who personally facilitated Atalay's access to the areas controlled by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.


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