President Mustafa Akinci’s Office has criticised the TRNC Foreign Ministry’s refusal to grant permission for Greek Cypriots to hold an Easter service at a church in Famagusta.
Presidential Spokesman Barış Burcu said that by refusing to grant permission, the issue had truly been politicised.
In a written statement issued yesterday, the Presidential Spokesman pointed out that the TRNC Foreign Ministry had refused to grant permission for Easter mass to be held in Famagusta’s Agios Georgios Exorinos church despite the fact that the ceremony had been held at the church for three years running.
“The excuse provided by the Foreign Ministry is that the issue has been politicised. It is our belief that the issue will actually be politicised by preventing it from taking place. As a result certain circles in the Greek Cypriot community are already taking advantage of the situation,” Burcu said.
Burcu said that President Akinci believed that preventing such religious ceremonies from taking place was wrong and that his views on the matter had been conveyed to the leaders of the political parties during his recent meeting with them.
“This issue which has also been raised by UN officials will have negative reflections on the TRNC. The President has reiterated that everyone should refrain from such actions which will put both him and the country into a difficult position,” he added.