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Vatican reacts to Armenian monastery desecration

A DECISION by authorities in the north to grant a licence to operate a recreation centre in the Armenian Monastery of Surb Makar (Saint Makarios) in the Halefka area, north of the occupied village of Kythrea, has spurred a reaction by the Vatican.

Government spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said yesterday that the government totally agreed with the Vatican’s reaction, noting that it was after moves by the government that the desecration of the monastery had come to the attention of the Vatican.

According to Cyprus News Agency, Chrysostomides noted that “various protests were made and there has been a reaction on behalf of the Vatican, which says and stresses in its verbal note that the attention of the competent Turkish authorities has been drawn to the specific case, as well as other lamentable incidences.”

He added that this was “a severe response, which is not customary on behalf of the Vatican, and the language used is also stern against the occupation authorities.”

“We totally agree and it is after actions by the government that the desecration of the monastery has come to the attention of the Vatican,” the spokesman pointed out.

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