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Cyprus remembers those killed during 1974 military coup
2006-07-15 11:46:21

Nicosia, Jul 15 (CNA) -- Cyprus pays tribute today to those who lost their lives in defending the Republic during the 1974 military coup against the democratically elected President of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios.

The wailing of sirens was heard at 08:20 local time, the very time when the coup begun, engineered by the military junta then ruling Greece.

The coup was followed five days later by the Turkish invasion, which resulted in the occupation of 37% of the Republic's territory.

A church service for those killed during the coup was held this morning at Saints Constantinos and Eleni Church in Nicosia, in the presence of President Tassos Papadopoulos, House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias, Ambassador of Greece to Cyprus Demetris Rallis, leaders or representatives of political parties, other political and military officials and relatives of those killed.

Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Michaelides addressed the ceremony.

President Papadopoulos and other officials laid wreaths at the tombs of those killed defending the Republic.

The 56-seat House of Representatives will be holding a special session later this morning to denounce the coup and the Turkish invasion and honor those who sacrificed their life for democracy and defending their homeland.

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