Greek Cypriot Archbishop Accused of Bigotry

Greek Cypriot Archbishop Chrysostomos II has been accused of “instilling bigotry and spreading hatred instead of love,” following a divisive memorandum that was read and shared in all the churches at Christmas.

As reported the Greek Cypriot daily ‘Haravgi’, under the headline “Archbishop’s Bigotry Message,” Archbishop Chrysostomos again stated in his Christmas message that he was against the Cyprus negotiations.

Chrysostomos also made the unfounded and baseless assertion that, “Refugees were sent to the Greek Cypriot side by Turkey in order to change the national and cultural identity of the Greek Cypriots”.

The AKEL party in South Cyprus accused the archbishop of “instilling hatred and bigotry” and emphasised that “extreme and separatist political views are criminal offences.

Describing the archbishop’s statements as an outrage to the church, Christian values and Greek Cypriot society, AKEL further stated that being silent in the face of these provocative statements by the archbishop would be connivance. They criticised the Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades, the Greek Cypriot administration and all other politicians who do not take a stand to publicly condemn the archbishop’s words as being complicit in supporting his highly divisive views.

TRNC Public Information Office

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