Cyprus Parliament Condemns Turkish Efforts to Convert Armenian Monastery

NICOSIA–Cyprus–The Cypriot House of Representatives in a session that lasted more than an hour Thursday–condemned the decision of the so called Ministerial Council of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus–to convert the ancient Armenian Monastery of St. Magar into a hotel.

The condemnation was the result of the joint initiative of the Armenian Prelacy of Cyprus and the Armenian Representative in the House–Bedros Kalaydjian.

In his opening speech Kalaydjian called upon the House to condemn the latest illegal and immoral act of the Turkish pseudo-state which violated all norms of international law and human rights.

He urged the House to raise the matter with all international bodies–parliamen’s and affiliated friendship groups in order to prevent the realization of this outrageous act.

Responding to Kalaydjian’s speech–leaders and representatives of all Cypriot political parties voiced their concern–expressed their solidarity with the Armenian community and condemned this latest Turkish act.

The House of Representatives further decided to take the following practical steps: –that the Government of Cyprus take up the matter with the Secretary General of the United Nations. –that a letter of condemnation be sent to all European Parliamen’s–The Council of Europe and The World Council of Churches. –that each political party take the necessary steps to involve in this matter its affiliated party in Europe. –that the matter be raised with the American Congress and Senate. –that a special inter-parliamentary committee be created to follow up on the progress of the above mentioned practical steps.

The session was attended by Bishop Varoujan Hergelian–members of the Diocesan and Executive Councils and representatives of organizations.

A peaceful protest by members of the Armenian community of Cyprus was held throughout the deliberations of the House.

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