Cyprus strongly condemns Turkey’s actions regarding Hagia Sophia and urges it to respect its international obligations, Foreign Minister of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulidis, posted on Twitter.
Moreover, he points out that Cyprus is poignantly a victim of the Turkish invasion of 1974, of the subsequent occupation of part of its territory, and of its orchestrated policy of the destruction and looting of religious and cultural heritage monuments.
Finally, he highlights that Turkey’s escalating and flagrant violation of its international obligations is manifested in its decision to alter the designation of Hagia Sophia, a World Heritage Site and a universal symbol of the Orthodox faith.
(1/3) #Cyprus is poignantly a victim, since the 1974 Turkish invasion and subsequent occupation of part of its territory, of #Turkey’s orchestrated policy of destruction and looting of religious and cultural heritage monuments.
— NikosChristodoulides (@Christodulides) July 10, 2020