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Cyprus marks invasion anniversary

Memorial service at the Tomb of Makedonitissa to honour the army officers and soldiers killed during the invasion.

Cyprus on Wednesday marked the 42nd anniversary of the 1974 Turkish invasion with air raid sirens and memorial services islandwide.

Air-raid sirens sounded at 5.30am, the time the Turkish invasion was launched and Turkish troops landed on the island`s northern shores.

Throughout the island memorial services and other events took place to honour the victims of the war and condemn the ongoing occupation.

In the morning, President Nicos Anastasiades attended a memorial service for the army officers and soldiers killed during the invasion at the Tomb of Makedonitissa in Nicosia, where he also laid a wreath.

In his address at the ceremony, the president said that everyone was obliged to honour those who lost their lives during the invasion or were still missing, by working together to rid the country of the occupation and reunite it.

He later attended a memorial service held at the church of Faneromeni in central Nicosia.

In the evening, an event will take place at the Presidential Palace marking the anniversaries of both the coup and the Turkish invasion.

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