Cyprus Affirms Commitment to Cultural Harmony and Access

Clarification on Limassol Mosque Graffiti Incident

In a recent turn of events, Government Spokesperson Konstantinos Letymbiotis addressed concerns regarding an act of graffiti on a mosque in Limassol. Contrary to initial worries, Letymbiotis clarified that the incident was not motivated by racist or religious hate speech but was instead linked to a local football rivalry.

The clarification came after the Mufti’s Office expressed apprehensions about the protection of Muslim places of worship in the Republic of Cyprus. In response, Letymbiotis highlighted the government’s ongoing efforts to uphold religious respect and preserve cultural heritage. “As is well known, the Republic of Cyprus approaches issues related to religious respect and the preservation of cultural heritage with the necessary attention and inherent respect,” he stated.

Letymbiotis referenced a set of measures introduced by the government in January, designed to improve the daily lives of Turkish Cypriot compatriots. Among these initiatives is the provision for enhanced access to Muslim monuments within government-controlled areas. He emphasized the Republic of Cyprus’s commitment to religious respect and cultural heritage, ensuring that these sites remain accessible and respected.

In his statement, Letymbiotis also reassured the public about the government’s steadfast adherence to the rule of law and its recognition of the religious heritage of Turkish Cypriots. “Not a single Muslim religious monument has been abandoned or repurposed,” he asserted, reaffirming the government’s dedication to maintaining religious monuments and fostering a respectful environment for all communities.

The incident serves as a reminder of the multi-faceted nature of graffiti and the importance of careful investigation before drawing conclusions about motives. It also underscores the government’s proactive stance in addressing intercommunal relations and preserving the rich tapestry of cultural and religious landmarks in Cyprus.

The graffiti on a Limassol mosque was not related to racist or religious hate speech but to a football rivalry, according to Government Spokesperson Konstantinos Letymbiotis

What caused the Limassol mosque graffiti?

The Limassol mosque graffiti incident was a result of vandalism, likely motivated by religious or ethnic intolerance. Authorities are investigating to identify the perpetrators and their exact motives.

Does the Limassol mosque graffiti link to football, not hate speech?

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