Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertugruloglu, has reiterated that the coalition government will not permit the Greek Cypriots to exploit religious freedoms in order to convey political messages in TRNC’s territory.
In a written statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, Ertugruloglu commented on the prohibition of the religious service at Agios Georgios Exorinos church in Famagusta on Good Friday and the resumption of the Cyprus talks. Ertugruloglu said that “if this religious service has become a problem, it is because the demands for services are exploited and used for political purposes”. He pointed out that it is known that there are three churches [in the TRNC] in which the Greek Cypriots could hold religious services.
Referring to the Cyprus negotiations, he added that the recent decision taken by the South Cyprus’ House of Representatives had not abolished the decision to commemorate the 1950 enosis plebiscite in schools and that the Turkish Cypriots were misled on this issue. Their only act was to transfer decision making on state school activities to the department of education.