2011sept16

On the 14th of September 2011, his Grace Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis was invited in a meeting of the British Parliament and especially of All Party Parliamentary Group for Cyprus, to present the theme of the ongoing violation of religious freedom of the refuges and the enclaved, as well as the obliterate of the cultural heritage from the Turkish armed forces and the occupying regime.

          Present at the meeting were the Chairman of the committee Mr. David Burrowes, other members of the British Parliament, representatives of the Greek-Cypriot and the Turkish-Cypriot community in London, representative of the High Commission of the Cyprus to Britain, Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots habitants of London.

          In his speech, His Grace emphasised the immediate requirement of the occupied monuments to be maintained and especially those that are collapsing or are in danger of collapse.  He accused the incessant demolish of Churches from the occupying regime and the settlers. Furthermore he castigated the prohibition of the occupying regime to celebrate the Divine Liturgy, not only to him, but also to His Grace the Bishop of Karpasia Mr.Christoforos and other priests, as samples of violation of the religious freedom in Cyprus. His Grace pleaded the parliamentarians of the British Parliament to support with the means that they have in their position the safeguard of the cultural heritage of the occupied part of Cyprus, as well as religious freedom. In addition and on behalf of His Beatitude the Archbishop of Cyprus, he invited all the members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Cyprus to visit the island and the monuments that are in the occupied area.

          Closing his address his Grace underlined that «If we all join forces with the common goal and vision of religious freedom and the preservation of the cultural heritage of semi-occupied Cyprus, we believe that with God’s help we can succeed.  We have a duty and an obligation, not only to history and to those who created them, but also to future generations».

          After his Grace’s address, there was an intense discussion with the participation of the representative of the Turkish-Cypriot community in London and the rest of the attendants. The Chairman of the Committee Mr. Burrowes stressed that is a duty to all of those that are interested in Human Rights and of religious freedom to work for their restoration in the occupied part of Cyprus. 

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