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Media Watch 2006

20 October 2006
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 20 October 2006.
Kyrenia Bishop protests over conversion of church to dance school
"In his letter to the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the Council of Europe and Unesco, the Kyrenia Bishop said the continuing unacceptable treatment of religious and cultural heritage in the occupied part of Cyprus has exceeded all boundaries of shamelessness."

"BISHOP Pavlos of Kyrenia has sent a letter to the UN and European institutions protesting the conversion of a church in his diocese into a dance school.

The church of St Luke in Lapithos underwent extensive modifications to its interior for the new use with the official opening of the dance school taking place this week.

In his letter to the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the Council of Europe and Unesco, the Kyrenia Bishop said the continuing unacceptable treatment of religious and cultural heritage in the occupied part of Cyprus has exceeded all boundaries of shamelessness.

“These actions by the Turkish occupation forces will undoubtedly convince even doubting Thomases, of the systematic Turkish practice of obliterating every trace of rich religious and cultural heritage of our island,” Bishop Pavlos stressed, noting that this was a flagrant violation of the 1954 Treaty on the Protection of Cultural Heritage, international law and UN resolutions.

He concludes by asking for all necessary measures to be taken to put a stop to the sacrilege and pillage of Cypriot religious and cultural heritage in the occupied north of the island."