Turkish invasion of Cyprus
By Lefteris Charalambopoulos
By coincidence 11 August, 1996, was a Sunday, as it was this year.
Cyprus once again divided was commemorating the coup and the Turkish invasion -violence, occupation and partition.
At the time, associations of Greek-Cypriots motorcyclists took an initiative to make a big anti-occupation march-drive.
In a further escalation of tensions with Cyprus, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has ruled out any possibility that Ankara will give up its guarantor status on the island and said that it will continue its illegal drilling activities there.
Turkey, Akar said, is a guarantor power on Cyprus and "will continue to use this right as it has in the past."
In an address to Greek soldiers stationed on Cyprus on Tuesday, on the second day of an official visit, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis declared "any transgressive behavior" against Cyprus would not go unanswered.
"We live in a turbulent time, full of challenges and instability," Mitsotakis said in a speech at the Malounda army camp of the Hellenic Forces in Cyprus (ELDYK).
A woman lays a flower during a memorial service on Saturday for the soldiers who lost their lives in the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, held annually at the Tymvos Makedonitissa military cemetery in Nicosia. The ceremony was attended Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos. [Katia Christodoulou/ANA-MPA]