President sends message of unity across occupation line in Independence Day parade
Turkish Cypriots are also expected to celebrate Independence Day, President Anastasiades said today, in a post across the demarcation line following a military parade on central Iosif Hadjiosif Avenue in Nicosia, in the presence of the Greek Minister of National Defense and the Head of the Hellenic Armed Forces.
“We are celebrating the 61st anniversary of a state that emerged from the struggle against the colonial yoke. Honor and glory to those who died defending the sovereignty and integrity of the Republic, ”said the president, also referring to the Turkish invasion of 1974.
“We have been through many trials and tribulations,” added Anastasiades, moving from a poor country to a modern European state with a state structure and international relations.
In a message to the Turkish Cypriot community, the President of the Republic said that Turkish Cypriot citizens should also celebrate Independence Day despite the interventions and machinations of those who want to make Cyprus a Turkish protectorate and who have today leads to tragic phenomena.
“I would feel happier today if the Turkish Cypriots celebrated with us,” he said.
“The Turkish Cypriot community must not heed its will,” said the president, once again making it clear that the National Guard is a purely defensive force.
He expressed the hope that soon everyone will be able to celebrate in a free Cyprus, far from Turkish plans.
The military parade showcased a range of National Guard armaments including tanks, helicopters and new drones, with infantry, navy, air force and special forces units marching the along Hadjiosif Avenue.
Greek Minister of National Defense Nikos Panayiotopoulos said Athens stands alongside Cyprus. noting that this year’s celebration coincides with the 200th anniversary of the Greek revolution against Turkish rule.
Greece has strengthened its military capabilities by purchasing six French Rafale fighter jets and three frigates, while signing an agreement with France to defend its territory in the event of attack by a third country.