NICOSIA – Cyprus on Tuesday marked the 53rd anniversary of its independence with a scaled down military parade and a pledge to work to reunite the island.
In deference to the economic crisis, there were no armoured vehicles at the parade. Units of the police, fire brigade and civil defence also took part.
Meanwhile, in a simple ceremony earlier on Tuesday, President Anastsasiades unveiled the emblem of the Republic of Cyprus on the facade of the Presidential Palace.
The ceremony took place in the morning, in the presence of Greek Defence Minister Demetris Avramopoulos, Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus Chrysostomos II, members of the Cabinet, leaders and representatives of political parties, chiefs of the National Guard and the Police and members of the diplomatic corps.
In his speech, the Cypriot President said that the installation of the emblem of the Republic of Cyprus at the Presidential Palace, “the temple of democracy”, was not only his own wish, but also a request of many citizens.
“It was also our obligation towards the continuity of our History and towards our State, the founding of which we honour today”, President Anastasiades pointed out, referring to the anniversary of Cyprus’ Independence Day.