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Cyprus mulls ‘a more unifying’ national monument

The statue of Makarios seen in the background at the presidential palace during the recent visit by Greek PM Alexis Tsipras

The government is looking to replace the national symbol, which is currently the Republic’s first President, Archbishop Makarios, into one which better represents the people of Cyprus, including Turkish Cypriots.

A search is underway for the location and form of a new monument which will act as a reference point for the Republic of Cyprus, and will replace the function of the statue of Makarios located at the presidential palace, where respects are currently paid during national events but also during visits by foreign officials.

According to daily Politis, location scouting is underway for a spot to place the new monument. Various proposals are already on the table, including the possibility of Eleftheria square once works are completed.

Regarding the monument itself, the daily noted that the government is considering the creation of one similar to those dedicated to unknown soldiers.

The government is considering that such a monument, Politis adds, could be dedicated to the fallen of the second world war, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots fought against fascism side by side.

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