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04/09/2021 Cyprus (International Christian Concern) –  Cyprus religious leaders condemned a techno party that was held at Armenian Sourp Magar Monastery. It is the only Armenian monastery on the island and an important historical site for the community living there. It is also located in Turkish-occupied north Cyprus.

The party took place on March 20 but knowledge of the event became public when a video of the concert was posted to YouTube on April 7. The event was reportedly organized by a group for electronic music events at entertainment venues, including historical and cultural locations.

The Religious Leaders of Cyprus, comprised of Christian Orthodox, Muslims, Catholics, Armenians, and Maronites, work for peace among their communities. They condemned “this unfortunate act, misuse, disrespect and desecration of places of worship and cemeteries in Cyprus, irrespective of intention, religion, dogma and denomination”. They continued by saying, “disrespecting places of worship and cemeteries creates pain, nurtures mistrust and becomes an obstacle to peaceful coexistence”.

Turkey’s illegal occupation of north Cyprus since 1974 under the guise of protecting Turkish Cypriots, causes further issues for the Christian communities in Cyprus as well as the peaceful coexistence with other religious communities.

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