The Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II had on the 15th of April 2010 a meeting with the President of the Social and Democrat Party of the European Parliament Mr. Martin Schulz in the line of his visit in Brussels for his attendance to the Seminar, organized by the Representation of the Church of Cyprus to the European Union in cooperation with the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches and Dr. Eleni Theocharous MEP on the Theme: “Religious Freedom and Holy Sites in the Republic of Cyprus”.
His Beatitude informed Mr. Schulz for the content and the purpose of the Seminar, discussed and interchanged ideas for the substantial engagement of the competent Europeans Institutions and the struggle of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus for the preservation of the religious freedom of the enclaved persons and the rescue of the religious monuments and sites. The Archbishop stressed that in Cyprus we never had a religious problem between Christians and Muslims and that we had and expect to have a peaceful coexistence and an excellent collaboration.
For the case of the direct commerce with the Turkish Cypriots, his Beatitude stressed the fact that the purpose of the Turkish side is not the economic support of the T/c but the gradual recognition of the pseudo-state. The commerce could take place through Ammohostos (Famagusta) by the Republic of Cyprus but the Turkish side rejects it.
The Archbishop made also a reference to his upcoming visit in Konstantinoupoli (Istanbul) after on the official invitation of the Ecumenical Patriarch and his possible meeting with the Prime Minister of Turkey Mr. Erdoyan. He will address the question for the rescue of the religious monuments situated in the occupied part of Cyprus and for the religious freedom of the enclaved Greek Cypriots.
Mr. Schulz was delighted by the meeting and said that the respect of the religious freedom and human rights are inevitable conditions for Turkey’s accession to the E. U.. This respect is essential not only for the occupied part of Cyprus but also for Turkey, giving as an example the School of Theology of Halki which belongs to the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
His Beatitude offered to Mr. Schulz a silver tray with the bas-relief of Cyprus as well as some books which describe the amplitude of the cultural catastrophe provoqued by the Turkish army and the sedlers to the occupied part of Cyprus.