RELIGION > St Paul tour irks Greek Cypriots


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This historical map taken from Bible Study website shows the travel route of the Apostle Paul.

This historical map taken from Bible Study website shows the travel route of the Apostle Paul.

Greek Cyprus has expressed anger over plans by a group from the U.S.-based Biblical Archaeology Society to travel to the island’s northern side, on a trip to follow in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul.

Greek Cyprus’ Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website yesterday that the group’s planned arrival on June 11 via Turkish Cyprus would “breach Cypriot and international law” and “be inconsistent with scholarly ethics.” It appealed to the group to amend its itinerary. The society’s two-week trip to Turkey and Cyprus will trace the footsteps of Paul on his 1st century A.D. mission to spread Christianity in the region. The ministry condemned the society’s tour because it will begin at Tymbou Airport in Turkish Cyprus, and the group has arranged hotel accommodations in Kyrenia. After visiting the regions in southern Turkey where Paul lived, the tour will take its participants to northern Cyprus on June 11.

The first journey of Paul started in Anatolia and took him to Cyprus and back to Anatolia. Paul and the group he led traveled from Antioch, located in what is now Antakya province in modern southern Turkey, to Perga, located in what is now Antalya province. The group then sailed to Cyprus from Perga. Paul arrived at Salamis in northern Cyprus, an ancient city that was located north of where Famagusta is today. From Salamis, Paul traveled to the southern part of the island and then returned to Perga. His first journey ended in Antioch, where he returned from Perga.


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mara mcglothin

6/7/2012 9:06:42 PM

Either they are trying to trace the steps of StPaul or not?? Why bring present day politics into it? Tourism is tourism.


6/7/2012 4:19:07 PM

Small people with huge chips on their shoulders. Sad really! These are trhe same people who demand that Turkish Cypriots "unify" with them and return to good old pre-74 days!

Chris Green

6/7/2012 4:01:59 PM

Correction: "He who laughs last, laughs the longest" Apologies for my typo error.

Chris Green

6/7/2012 3:14:52 PM

Ioannis: We know it as "He who last laughs, last the longest..." The same may apply in respect of the perhaps soon to be announced Recognition of Turkish Cyprus or other Plan-B options, none of which involve unification, the latter being something that is truly anathema to Turkish Cyprus and Ankara too!

kerem atan

6/7/2012 2:47:36 PM

greeks are just good at making anti-turkish propaganda.they are going on with the byzantine intrigues.after a while no countries will pay attention to what two small debt-stricken countries(greece,greek cyprus) are saying.to be honest im not in favor of unification of cyprus so long as fanatical greeks are existing.i dont believe greeks and turks can live in harmony in cyprus.trnc should be at least recognized as an autonomous state by the whole world and this pointless embargo should end.

Ioannis Afentakis

6/7/2012 1:26:56 PM

With all due respect to comments from readers should be read before, the names of cities on the map that you post. On the other hand, a Greek proverb (I do not know if it is Turkish too), says: "He laughs best who laughs last." This comment stating that no one listens anymore the Greeks. Ask today the Spanish PM !

Chris Green

6/7/2012 12:22:29 PM

The international airport in Turkish Cyprus is in fact named Ercan Airport. This is yet another attempt by the 'dark-siders' to spread their malignant propaganda to the outside world, propaganda based upon the unstable foundation of Quick Sand.

Dennis Kavaz

6/7/2012 9:17:37 AM

When the GC is on the World stage they tell (lies) the foreign delegates how they like to unify with TCs. Ironically though whenever a foreign sportsman, singer and now a historians tries to visits N Cyprus however the GC are objecting vigorously “have a though” If the GC now keeps isolating the TCs (hypothetically) what will they do if they gain power again? And grasp this, since the 1974 Turkish intervention the GC hatred has increased, can they be trusted?

ilker avni

6/7/2012 5:05:48 AM

Greeks being Greeks they even telling the yanks what to do,you would think they would be gratefull for the tourists trade now they broke and need a bail out..They gona love my home town kyrenia and its castle.Just a shame we didnt keep all of Cyprus to our selfs when we had the chance.

dogan kemal ileri

6/7/2012 3:58:08 AM

Greek credibility is perilously close to zero no one is ever going to listen to them ever again.
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