Cyprus commemorates Greek national day of 28th of October, 1940

Cyprus commemorates Greek national day of 28th of October, 1940

Nicosia, October 28, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Kyriacos Kyriacou

President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, received Wednesday the salute of the parade on the occasion of the anniversary of the Greek National Day of the 28th of October, 1940.

The Greek government was represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias.

In statements after the parade, President Anastasiades said that “we honor the Day of `No` to fascism, `No` to nazism, `No` to war”.

He added that the 28th of October is a day of glory for Greek resistance, noting that as result of this heroism principles and values were entrenched and the European Union was born.

“It is on the basis of those principles and values of peace and prosperity that we must work to create the prospects for a peaceful and creative future.” he concluded.

Invited to give his own message for the national day, the Greek Foreign Minister said that `Cyprus constitutes for me a feeling, an emotion and an obligation. I think these three words sum it up. ”

Earlier in the morning a church service took place at St. John`s Cathedral in Nicosia, to commemorate the start of the Greek resistance, officiated by Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus, at the presence of the Cypriot President and the political and military leadership

Greek Ambassador Elias Fotopoulos addressed the panegyric of the Day, noting that today`s anniversary finds Cyprus once more under conditions of division.

He said that Cyprus, in coordination with Greece, is working in a decisive manner for the achievement of a just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem.

“A solution that will be based on the UN decisions and the European acquis communautaire, so that Cyprus becomes an independent and sovereign state without the system of guarantees and without the presence of Turkish occupation troops”, he stressed.

Cyprus celebrated the Greek National Day, with religious services and pupils` parades in all major cities throughout the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus.

President of the House of Representatives Yiannakis Omirou received the salute of the parade in the coastal town of Pafos, stressing that Cyprus is inspired by the heroes of 1940 in its struggle to end the Turkish occupation.

Our struggle, he said, focuses on the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms for our people, noting that unity in the domestic front is needed in order to achieve those goals.

On the 28th of October, 1940, `Ohi Day, No Day` Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas said, “No” to an ultimatum by Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini to allow Italian forces to occupy strategic locations in Greece or otherwise face war back in 1940.

The Republic of Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and since then occupy 37% of this EU Mediterranean island`s territory.