Members of the Maronite, Armenian and Latin communities constitute an “integral part” of Cyprus, struggling to achieve a lasting solution to the Cypriot problem, Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou said on Friday.
The commissioner was speaking during the official presentation of 15 short videos produced by Cybc on the religious minorities of the island. The videos, which were created as a result of coordinated efforts by the Ministry of Education, the Office of the Presidential Commissioner and representatives of religious minorities, will be shown on Cybc TV shows.
The videos “highlight the history, culture, language, traditions but also the link with our compatriots Maronites, Armenians and Latin”, said Photiou, describing the result as “remarkable but also commendable”.
They will act as “the means and the tool which will unite the old to the new generations” and as a source of information on “the customs and traditions which are slowly disappearing”.
âIt’s basically connecting the past with the present and preserving it for the future,â Photiou said.
Through a defined strategy, the government demonstrates its “interest and sensitivity” for equal treatment of religious groups as well as its respect for identity, values ââand history, which is “inextricably linked to the history of every Cypriot, âsaid the commissioner. added.
The Republic of Cyprus has signed and ratified the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages ââof the Council of Europe.
In this way, the country “has assumed the contractual obligation to protect the three religious groups,” Photiou said.
Such collaborations, which promote and project the Cypriot society of yesterday and today, “can only create messages of hope for the Cyprus of tomorrow”, he added.
âTogether with our compatriots from the three religious groups, who are an integral part of our countryâ¦ we are fighting to achieve a lasting and lasting solution to the problem of Cyprusâ¦ in accordance with United Nations resolutions and the principles and values ââof the European Union Â», Concludes the commissioner.
According to the official website of the European Union, Christians make up 78% of the total Cypriot population, including members of the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus, the Armenian Church of Cyprus, Maronites, Roman Catholics and Protestants .
Islam represents 18% of the population, the majority of Turkish Cypriots being Muslims. There are also small Hindu, Judaizing and other communities in Cyprus.