Religious Leaders of Cyprus met with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in Cyprus, Head of UNFICYP and Deputy Head of United Nations Good Offices, Mrs Elisabeth Spehar at 10.00 am on June 1, 2020. The meeting was convened by the Office of the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process (RTCYPP) under the Auspices of Ambassador Hagelberg of Sweden and chaired by Sweden’s Special Envoy on Religion, Peace-building & Conflict Peter Weiderud.
The religious leaders appreciated an update on the status of the UN led peace talks in Cyprus and the opportunity to share their assessment and discuss ways they can contribute to confidence & peacebuilding, healing of memories, reconciliation and protecting the environment.
SRSG Spehar heard how the religious leaders addressed the challenges of COVID 19 including their efforts to care for the most vulnerable and outlined the messages of the UN Secretary General in this regard. Mrs Spehar welcomed the unity, cooperation and solidarity of the religious leaders of Cyprus throughout the pandemic