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Cyprus is a religious “model” for the broader region of the Middle East since huge progress has been achieved on the island to build trust between the different religious communities, said the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion Heiner Bielefeldt.

Bielefeldt stated that with this aim, a new institution under the name “The Cyprus Inter-religious Platform for Human Rights” has been established.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, at the Home for Cooperation, which was attended by religious leaders, Bielefeldt.said: “Communication helps to overcome prejudices, prevent negative stereotypes and rebuild trust in societies”.

Bielefeldt also stressed that the time is suitable to develop the dialogue.

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