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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-10-01

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRUS - INDEPENDENCE - 50TH ANNIVERSARY
  • [02] CYPRUS PRESIDENT - INDEPENDENCE DAY - GREECE
  • [03] RUSSIAN PRESIDENT - CYPRUS - OFFICIAL VISIT

  • [01] CYPRUS - INDEPENDENCE - 50TH ANNIVERSARY

    Cyprus celebrates today the 50th anniversary of the islands independence.

    A military parade took place in the capital Nicosia Cyprus.

    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias, flanked by Greek National Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Cyprus Defence Minister Costas Papacostas, took the salute of the parade, watched also by the islands political, military and religious leadership as well as members of the diplomatic corps.

    Participating in today`s parade were infantry, artillery and naval forces and members of the Greek military contingent stationed in Cyprus in accordance with the 1960 Treaty of Establishment of the Republic, the police, the fire brigade, the forestry and the civil defence services.

    Present were also a military police unit, comprising mainly reservists, and a special unit of commandos, set up 1996, of well trained regular members of the armed forces.

    Commando units, naval forces and various branches of the Republic`s armed forces also paraded.

    The Cyprus Police band led the parade, before taking its place opposite the officials to play military marches for the duration of the parade.

    A 21 gun-salute was fired at dawn and will be fired again at sunset.

    A grand celebration is scheduled this evening at Eleftheria Stadium Tassos Papadopoulos in Nicosia.

    President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias arrived in Cyprus at midday to attend celebrations. He will also confer with President Christofias on Saturday before returning to Athens.

    [02] CYPRUS PRESIDENT - INDEPENDENCE DAY - GREECE

    All the Greek governments following the military junta that was ruling Greece, have stood by Cyprus with complete consistency, stated Friday President of the Republic Demetris Christofias.

    Speaking after a military parade to mark the 50 year anniversary of the Republics declaration of independence, President Christofias underlined the full support provided by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and his government in the policy which the Cypriot government is following and the proposals it has submitted as well as the full support of the Republic of Cyprus.

    President Christofias condemned the junta which was dominating the Greek people, noting that unfortunately, the coup opened the way to the Turkish invasion.

    Are we going to stop condemning the junta, stop saying the historical truth? Are we going to change the history of this place? the President remarked.

    President Christofias pointed out that he has made statements before the Greek Foreign Minister, noting Greeces role, which provides the most vital support in our struggle. And I have praised the support which is granted to us by Prime Minister Papandreou and all previous governments, he added.

    [03] RUSSIAN PRESIDENT - CYPRUS - OFFICIAL VISIT

    President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev will pay an official two-day visit to Cyprus 6-7 October, an official statement said here Friday.

    Medvedev will be in Cyprus at the invitation of President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias.


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