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President: The issue of the missing and fallen during the Turkish invasion is humanitarian

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Πρoεδρος: Ανθρ&omega ;πικθμναγνοομένν κεσντωττουκικ ισβολor

The issue of the missing and the fallen during the Turkish invasion can only be a humanitarian one issue and as such we approach it, deal with it and manage it, said the Presidentof the Republic Nikos Christodoulidis, in his speech during the repatriation ceremony of the bones of the Helladians who fell during the invasion of 1974 for burial in Greece, which took place on Thursday morning, in the Holy Church of Agios Panteleimon in Makedonitissa.

Προεδρος: Ανθρ&omega ;πικθμναγνοομένν κεσντωττουκικ ισβολor

As he said, as the President of the Republic of Cyprus and on behalf of the Cypriot people, he is today paying tribute to Greek soldiers, who during the Turkish invasion of 1974 and the Turkish rebellion of 1963-'64 “arrived from Greece to strengthen the defense of our lands, to ensure the sovereignty and independence of our homeland, to resist the hordes of Attila, to unite with their brothers in Cyprus, as in every other common national imperative in history”.

“It is a fact that every time we hold the funeral services of our Greek Cypriot and Helladite brothers, who were considered missing and whose remains were identified even after 50-60 years, the events of the barbaric Turkish invasion in that black summer of 1974, are revived and brought to life even more. Today, here in this sacred place, paying the due respects to our heroic Greek brothers, honoring them themselves and their families for their contribution to our homeland, for their sacrifice, for the blood they gave to our fatherland, the fronts of battles and conflicts come alive again,the conditions of the war, the looting, the bombings, the past becomes present again and overwhelms the memory”, noted President Christodoulidis.

Πρoεδρος: Ανθρ&omega ;πικθμναγνοομένν κεσντωττουκικ ισβολor

He added that at the same time, it greatly increases the will to continue the struggle “until the blessed day of liberation and reunification of our homeland”.  

We are all here today to recognize and show our respect to those who sacrificed for this place, said the President of the Republic, adding that the repatriation of the remains to the land that gave birth to them but also the burial others in the land that received their body and blood, is a fact of national pride for all Greeks, noting at the same time how relevant the saying of Thucydides remains, “of famous men, all the earth is a grave”, let alone ” when the other land is the landless Greek land of Cyprus.

Προεδρος: Ανθρ&omega ;πικθμναγνοομένν κεσντωττουκικ ισβολor

“The core and axis of our effort since the first day when the Cypriot people entrusted us with the future of the country, is the human being. And, exactly, within this context, and the issue of the missing and the fallen during the Turkish invasion cannot but be a humanitarian issue, and as such we approach it, deal with it and manage it” , he emphasized.

He pointed out that through this reasoning, the Government considered it its duty to inform the relatives of Greek soldiers, whose remains were recently identified, to be done personally by the Head of the Office of Humanitarian Affairs of the Missing and Imprisoned, always in cooperation with the General Staff of the Army Greece. 

Πρoεδρος: Ανθρ&omega ;πικθμναγνοομένν κεσντωττουκικ ισβολor

“It's the least we have to doto all those who fought and sacrificed for the freedom and defense of our country. To the heroes, whose remains are being repatriated today, to the heroes we are burying and burying in this historic place, the place where the land of Cyprus receives in its bowels Greek and Greek Cypriot fighters and fallen soldiers of freedom, in the place where Greece and Cyprus become one, historically and eternally”, he noted.

“We owe it to Detainee Anastasios, Analytis Georgios, Konstantinos Tsitiridis, Iliopoulos Panagiotis, Toulis Ilias, Martzaklis Georgios, Tsagkalidis Konstantinos, Ioliopoulos Ioannis, Christopoulos Alexios, Xanthopoulos Athanassios, Koukoularis Christos, Binakis Georgios , to Bourekas Asimakis, to Chios Fragos, to Sarlian Charalambos. May their memory be eternal. Their name is immortal in the history of our country, in the history of Hellenism everywhere”, he concluded.

Πρoεδρος: Ανθρ&omega ;πικθμναγνοομένν κεσντωττουκικ ισβολor

This was followed by laying of wreaths on behalf of the relatives of the fallen, the President of the Republic, the Archbishop of Cyprus Georgios, the Chief of the National Guard Giorgos Tsitsikostas and the Chief of the General Staff of the National Defense of Greece Dimitris Houpis, the Ambassador of Greece to Cyprus Ioannis Papameletiou, the President of the Pan-Hellenic Committee for Missing Persons Maria Kalbourtzis and the President of the Pan-Cypriot Organization of Relatives of Undeclared Prisoners and Missing Persons Nikos Sergidis.< /p>

Subsequently, the burials of those who fell were carried out, the relatives chose to be buried in Cyprus at the Tomb of Makedonitissa in Nicosia.

Source: www.philenews.com

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