Today, Cyprus pays tribute to those killed during the invasion and those still missing, with memorials and other events in the government-controlled areas of the Republic.
Air-raid sirens wailed at 0530 local time (0230 GMT), when the Turkish invasion began 35 years ago with the landing of Turkish troops on the island’s northern shores.
In the morning, a memorial service for the army officers and soldiers killed during the invasion took place at Makedonitissa Tomb in Nicosia, in the presence of Cypriot President Demetris Christofias other officials and representatives of the Greek government and parliament.
In addition, an official memorial ceremony will be held at Faneromeni Church in Nicosia in the presence of President Christofias.
A series of other anti-occupation events will take place during the day. Political parties have issued statements condemning the Turkish invasion and occupation.
Financial Mirror, July 20, 2009