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Events to mark 40 years after invasion

The president will attend a memorial service at the Makedonitissa military graves

By Evie Andreou

EVENTS to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Turkish invasion will be held throughout the island tomorrow.

All flags on government buildings will fly half mast and the sirens will sound at 5.30am, the time the invasion started.

President Nicos Anastasiades and the entire cabinet will attend various memorials and lay wreaths in memory of those killed during the invasion.

At 8am, the president will attend a memorial service at the Makedonitissa military graves by the National Guard General Command (GEEF).

A memorial will be held at the Phaneromeni Church in Nicosia at 10am, and president Anastasiades will lay a wreath in memory of all the victims of the invasion.

At 9pm, an event will take place at the Presidential Palace to mark the anniversaries of both the July 15 coup d’état and the Turkish invasion five days later.

The president will address the event and will unveil the Republic’s emblem on the façade of the palace.

While the Greek Cypriots in the south mourn, Turkish Cypriots in the north are planning ‘Peace and Freedom’ 40th anniversary festivities.

The events got underway yesterday with concerts in Nicosia and Famagusta.

As part of the celebrations, four ships from the Turkish navy have arrived in Kyrenia as well as two fighter jets which will perform aerobatics tomorrow over Kyrenia.

Army bands will perform in towns throughout the weekend and there are also sports tournaments, a tennis tournament and a bicycle tour.

Tomorrow there will be a parade in the north of Nicosia attended by Turkish president Abdullah Gül.

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