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Vatican reacts to Armenian monastery desecration in occupied Cyprus
2005-09-06 14:22:57

Nicosia, Sep 6 - A decision by the Turkish occupation regime in Cyprus to grant a ''license'' to operate a recreation centre in the Armenian Monastery of Surb Makar (Saint Makarios) in the Halefka area, north of the Turkish-occupied village of Kythrea, has spurred a strong reaction by the Vatican.

Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today that the government totally agreed with the Vatican's reaction, noting that it was after moves by the government that the desecration of the monastery had come to the attention of the Vatican.

The Spokesman also noted that ''various protests were made and there has been a reaction on behalf of the Vatican, which says and stresses in its verbal note that the attention of the competent Turkish authorities has been drawn to the specific case, as well as other lamentable incidences.''

Mr. Chrysostomides added that this was ''a severe response, which is not customary on behalf of the Vatican, and the language used is also stern against the occupation authorities.''

''We totally agree and it is after actions by the government that the desecration of the monastery has come to the attention of the Vatican,'' the Spokesman pointed out.

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