ANTELIAS-In its constant attempt to resolve the Cyprus issue–ever since the Turkish army attacked and occupied Northern Cyprus in 1974–the United Nations has proposed a new resolution to the both sides. The resolution details state–administrative–economic–religious–minority and social issues of a future united Cyprus. In an attempt to end the Cyprus crisis–it calls on both sides to form a united state in which the rights of minorities residing on the island would be respected. Presently–three major minorities live in Cyprus: Armenia’s–Marionites and Latins.
UN Secretary General Koffi Anan’s proposed resolution was presented to Catholicosal Vicar Bishop Varoujan Hergelian of the Prelacy of Cyprus. Hergelian forwarded the proposed resolution to the Holy See of Cilicia to obtain the respectable view of Catholicos Aram I.
Examined the proposed UN resolution on Cyprus– His Holiness Aram I one stressed the following fundamental approaches:
1) The proposal respects and defends the religious–cultural and educational rights of minorities–hence it is acceptable to the Holy See of Cilicia.
2) The Armenian community of Cyprus must follow the general political direction of the Greek government of Cyprus–in accordance with the local Greek Church.
3) Headed by the local Prelacy and by community representatives–it is vital that the Armenian Community of Cyprus express its opinion on the UN resolution.