The Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process
The initiative The Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process (RTCYPP) was established to encourage, facilitate and serve the religious leaders’ dialogue and efforts for religious freedom and peace in Cyprus, and to contribute positively and constructively to the Cyprus peace talks.
Archbishop Chrysostomos II and Mufti Talip Atalay together with the heads of the Maronite, Armenian Orthodox and Latin Catholic Churches are the first religious leaders of Cyprus in over five decades who established a successful working relationship with each other with the help of Swedish facilitation.
The initiative has contributed to the opening of neglected and closed religious monuments to be used for worship for the first time with the support of and in the presence of Muslim and Christian religious leaders or their representatives.
The Religious leaders of Cyprus advocate jointly for religious freedom and human rights. The office of RTCYPP coordinates and facilitates their joint efforts which include proposals; statements and initiation of confidence building projects. The following historic joint statements and appeals have been adopted; Joint Statement on the Resumption of Peace Talks (26 February 2014); Joint Statement of the Religious Leaders of Cyprus, against all forms of attacks, terrorism and violence (24 November 2015); Joint Statement Condemning Violence Against Women and Girls (8 March 2017). In December 2016, the Religious leaders released their joint appeal for missing persons in Cyprus.