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Agios Georgios church conservation works completed


 

The Conservation works of Agios Georgios church in the Karpas area has completed.
The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have announced that the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage (TCCH) has completed the conservation works at the church of Agios Georgios in the Karpasia area.
An event took place after the completion of the works has been done. European Commission, UNDP and TCCH participated to the event .


Ahead of the event, Kjartan Björnsson, Deputy Director and Head of the Cyprus Settlement Support Unit at the Directorate-General REFORM of the European Commission highlighted that “these sites represent the rich cultural heritage of Cyprus, and it is everyone’s duty to ensure its preservation as a sign of respect for past civilizations and as a symbol of cultural identity for future generations. The European Union will continue to support not only the restoration of the monuments, but also to promote peace and reconciliation amongst the communities in the island. “

KHAYDAROV “ A MOMENTOUS ACHIEVEMENT”
“The completion of these conservation works marks a momentous achievement in our relentless dedication to safeguarding Cyprus’ invaluable cultural heritage,” remarked Mr. Jakhongir Khaydarov, Head of Office at UNDP Cyprus. He further expressed his gratitude, emphasizing the significance of preserving the church of Agios Georgios, “these projects vividly underscore the imperative of protecting our shared heritage for the prosperity of future generations.”
TUNCAY “DE – POLITICISING THE PROTECTION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE CAN LEAD POSITIVE RESULTS”
Mr. Ali Tuncay co-chair of TCCH stated that “Many civilizations have passed through the island of Cyprus.
We acknowledge the responsibility of preserving and sustaining this richness of these civilisations so it can be handed over to future generations and are proud to be able to promote cooperation between the Turkish and the Greek Cypriots through such a valuable endeavor,” highlighting that “the TCCH has clearly demonstrated that a collaborative approach involving experts from both sides and de-politicizing the protection of cultural heritage can lead to positive results. I firmly believe that the more we cooperate, the more success stories will emerge”.


KTORIS “LET US PROTECT OUR SHARED CULTURAL HERITAGE AND UTILISE IT AS A TOOL FOR PEACE-BUILDING”
“Today’s gathering is another testament of our commitment to preserve and protect our cultural treasures all over Cyprus” stated Dr Sotos Ktoris co-chair of TCCH, adding that “The completion of the conservation works of Agios Georgios at Ardana/Ardahan church reflects the vision of the Technical Committee: to breathe new life into the monuments of all communities on the island without any distinction.Let us, therefore, strive to protect our shared cultural heritage, to value it, to learn from it, and to utilize it as a tool for peacebuilding” stressing that “because in the end, it is our shared heritage that reminds us of our common humanity, a truth that is paramount in our pursuit of peace.”

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