The religious leaders of Cyprus held a meeting on Thursday with Annika Soder, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, who congratulated them for their efforts for peace and reconciliation in Cyprus.
The meeting, which took place at the residence of the Swedish Ambassador to Cyprus, Klas Gierow, was within the framework of the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process under the Auspices of the Embassy of Sweden .
The meeting was attended by Archbishop Chrysostomos II of the Church of Cyprus, Dr Talip Atalay Mufti of Cyprus, Rev Fr Jerzy Kraj of the Latin Catholic Church of Cyprus and Apostolic delegate to Cyprus. The Armenian and Maronite Archbishops were not able to attend as they are out of the country and were represented by Fr Momig Habeshian and Fr Joseph Tartak, respectively.
According to a press release issued today by the Swedish Embassy, the religious leaders warmly welcomed State Secretary Söder and reiterated their appreciation to the Swedish government for supporting the establishment of the Office of the Religious Track in 2009 which initiated and continues to facilitate the first ever dialogue for peace by the religious leaders of Cyprus.
The religious leaders had constructive discussions with the State Secretary about the Cyprus peace process, their concerns and expectations. They affirmed their commitment to continue to work together as religious leaders and do their utmost for the sake of peace and reconciliation in Cyprus.
The State Secretary reaffirmed the support of the Swedish government to the ground breaking hopeful efforts of the religious leaders of Cyprus.
“When religious leaders work together to break barriers, change stereotypes, build trust and confidence with one another in a decades long divided island you become a beacon of hope not only for Cyprus but also to the rest of the world,” the State Secretary said.