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World War victims remembered in Cyprus
2004-11-11 10:03:57

Nicosia, Nov 11 (CNA) – Cyprus did not remain either indifferent or dexterously neutral during the two World Wars, on the contrary it has its own important contribution, Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos said today.

He was speaking during a ceremony to mark the memory of the victims of the two World Wars, organised by the World War II Veterans’ Association in front of the Civil Servants Union headquarters in Nicosia. A two-minute silence was observed at the memorial service, held for those who fell during the two world wars.

In his speech, President Papadopoulos paid tribute to all those killed during the two World Wars, saying that some 33.000 Cypriots from both communities served in the Cyprus Regiment and the graves of 600 of them are located in 56 military cemeteries in 15 different countries.

“You have offered your country the right and privilege to be among the peoples who fought against fascism, nazism, oppression of the peoples, and with self sacrifice defended democracy and freedom”, he said.

The Cypriot president said today the state pays tribute and honours the recognition and sacrifice of all those who gave the most valued possession, their lives, for freedom, democracy, justice and human rights.

In his speech, the President of the World War II Veterans’ Association Loizos Demetriou referred to the official recognition of the contribution of Cypriot volunteers with the passing of a relevant law, and said the Council of Ministers went ahead with appointing a committee to maintain a register for Cypriot volunteers, which eventually will be distributed to libraries in Cyprus and overseas.

“We, World War II Veterans, look forward to the reunification of our country, where Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronites, Armenians, Latins, will continue their historic course in conditions of peace, for the welfare of all residents of Cyprus”, Demetriou added.

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