On March 30 several photos came to light in Cyprus depicting models posing on Greek-Cypriots graves in the occupied part of the island.
According to Cyprus media, the photo shoot took place last August but the photos were released Sunday. The models on the photos were posing on the clearly identifiable graves of Greek-Cypriots in the occupied part of Cyprus.
Since Sunday, the photos have been published widely in various Cypriot and Greek media, sparking hellenic outrage at a time in which efforts are being made for reconciliation on the still-divided island. The photographer has since apologised for the setting.
Mufti Dr Talip Atalay, the head of the religious affairs department in the occupied areas, told media that steps will be taken in northern Cyprus to respect religious sites, and expressed regret at the photoshoot’s location. “No matter which faith we have, our beliefs and morals require us to respect every temple, cemetery and other religious sites,” he said.
The Association of Occupied Municipalities issued a statement Monday condemning the photo-shoot, saying it is “unacceptable during peacetime for cemeteries to be defiled in such a manner.”