Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus: Church’s application against Turkey at ECHR in one month
Nicosia, Aug 21 – The Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus, Chrysostomos II, has said that next month, the Church of Cyprus will resort to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to report Turkey for violation of its rights and usurpation of its property in the Turkish occupied areas.
Speaking at the Larnaca Airport upon his return from an official visit to Poland, the Archbishop said that the application against Turkey concerns the refusal of Turkey to allow both clergy and people to visit places of worship in the northern Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus as well as Turkey’s refusal to allow the maintenance of the churches and the use of the property of the Church.
“The Church has waited for 35 years and I think they are too many,” the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church on the island said. He added that “next month we will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights for a triple lawsuit against Turkey.”
The Archbishop explained that Turkey “does not allow us to go to our places of worship, does not allow us to maintain our churches and does not allow us to use our property. It is a triple application and our legal advisers are ready. With God’s help next month we will file the application,” he said.
Many churches in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus have been converted into stables, stores, hen-houses, night clubs, libraries, cultural centers, morgues, mosques and military camps, since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus.