Greek Cypriot archbishop rejects Turkish Cypriot state

27/12/13 Greek Cypriot archbishop Chrysostomos II said ‘for us, a Turkish Cypriot state means annexation, which nobody wants.' Chrysostomos II, the archbishop of the Greek Cypriot administration of southern Cyprus, said that it did not matter whether or not Turkey recognized his country while speaking on a local radio station. The Greek Orthodox archbishop said ‘The entire world ...

Decades-old Church-state land deal almost closed

15/3/13 Cyprus: THE CHURCH will soon be transferring tracts of land to the state, bringing to a close a deal struck some 40 years ago. The announcement was made yesterday following a meeting between Archbishop Chrysostomos and Interior Minister Socrates Hasikos. A 1971 agreement between Archbishop Makarios – who was president at the time – and the government ...

Turkish Smuggler Wants Cypriot Treasures

Christina Flora - January 2013 According to a report by the German newspaper Abendzeitung, Aydin Dikmen, a Turkish smuggler of artworks, is going to the courts asking for Cypriot treasures to be declared a “dowry” of his wife and is demanding  compensation from the Church of Cyprus if he’s forced to return them. Dikmen is a Turkish art ...