President calls for unity as the State honours those killed in defence of the Republic

Cypriot President called for unity among political parties, as the state honoured those killed in defence of the Republic during the military coup d’ etat in July 15, 1974 which paved the way for the Turkish military invasion five days later and the subsequent division of Cyprus. On this day forty three years ago, the Greek military junta, then ruling Greece, toppled the democratically elected President of Cyprus, the late Archbishop Makarios III. The coup provided Turkey with a pretext to launch an invasion and occupation of the islands northern third.

Source: Cyprus News Agency