Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström on Wednesday encouraged all parties in Cyprus to seize the current historic opportunity and continue efforts to reunite the divided island.
“I encourage all parties, including the religious leaders, to seize this historic opportunity and continue the efforts in reaching a settlement to the benefit of women and girls and men and boys of Cyprus and for the security and prosperity of the whole region,” she said.
She was addressing, through a video message, an event hosted At Ledra Palace in Nicosia by the Office of the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process under the auspices of the Swedish Embassy.
The event saw the religious leaders of Cyprus releasing a joint statement condemning all forms of violence against women and girls.
It is the first time in the history of Cyprus when the religious leaders have jointly addressed issues of violence against women.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN led talks have been underway since May 2015 aiming to reunite the island under a federal roof.
The joint statement was signed by Archbishop Chrysostomos II, Mufti Talip, Archbishop Youssef and Archbishop Khoren.