MILITARY COUP ANNIVERSARY - DENOUNCEMENT
Cyprus pays tribute to all those who lost their lives defending the Republic during the 1974 military coup against the democratically-elected President of Cyprus.
The military coup against the first President of the Republic, Archbishop Makarios III, engineered by the military junta then ruling Greece, was followed five days later by the Turkish invasion, which resulted in the illegal occupation of 37 percent of the Republic`s territory and its de facto division.
On Friday, July 15, 2011 at 08.20 local time, the very time the coup occurred 37 years ago, sirens were heard.
An official memorial service for those who lost their lives defending the Republic was held this morning at Saints Constantinos and Eleni Church in Nicosia, in the presence of President Christofias. The Minister of Agriculture and Defense, Mr. Demetris Eliades, delivered the eulogy.
Wreaths were laid at the tombs of those who were killed during the coup while defending the Republic.
At a special plenary session, due to take place at noon, local time, in the presence of President Christofias, the House of Representatives will condemn the coup and the Turkish invasion and pay tribute to the people who lost their lives during the most tragic events in the country’s recent history.
A special event to condemn the crime against the Cyprus Republic will be held at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday, 19 July 2011. The event was originally scheduled to take place tonight, however, the tragic explosion last Monday at Evaggelos Florakis naval base led to its postponement.