Buildings in the buffer zone in Cyprus

12 May 2022, Nicosia, Cyprus: A torn United Nations emblem sits on a wall in the buffer zone at the so-called green line that divides the city of Nicosia in two, because of the partial occupation of the city, and the northern part of the island of Cyprus, by Turkey.


Palestine and Israel

Regarding Palestine and Israel, the minute notes that 2022 was the deadliest year in recent history. Home demolitions, land annexations, and violations of international human rights law continue in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, hindering all efforts for peace and coexistence,” reads the minute.

The central committee urges the international community to assume a greater role in supporting the protection of communities, and also calls on the international community to take an active role to help reverse violent trends and to initiate practical solutions to achieve just and sustainable peace for all in the Holy Land, independent of political agendas and economic interests.”

The minute also encourages WCC member churches and partners to support and maintain the vital and precious work of WCC programmes in Israel and Palestine as part of the continued Pilgrimage of Justice, Reconciliation, and Unity.

The central commuter appeals to the WCC leadership to facilitate a safe space for dialogue among its members.”


Regarding Cyprus, the minute notes the destruction of churches and also notes the government of Türkiye continues to build additional housing in the occupied parts of Cyprus in order to move in some of the displaced refugees impacted by the recent earthquake.”

The minute also reflects that the visit of the Turkish president to Cyprus asking for international recognition shows a lack of respect for international law and weakens the efforts by the United Nations to negotiate a solution to the dispute.”

The central committee urges the international community to strengthen its position on the situation in Cyprus, to support more intensive diplomatic efforts to secure a resolution based on the applicable principles of international law, and to support the continuation of encounters and confidence-building between the religious communities of the island for peaceful coexistence.”

Minute on Territorial Crises in the Eastern Mediterranean

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WCC Central committee meeting, June 2023