The Republic of Cyprus will mark the 45th anniversary of the invasion of Cyprus by Turkish troops with sirens tomorrow, Saturday 20th July 2019, at 5:30am.
Heavily armed Turkish forces landed on the northern coast of Kyrenia at dawn on July 20, 1974, five days after the government of the late Archbishop Makarios was toppled by a military coup engineered by the military junta then ruling Greece. Turkish forces initially captured 3% of the island before a cease fire was declared. In the two-phase invasion and despite repeated calls by the UN Security Council, Turkey went on to occupy 37% of the sovereign territory of Cyprus.
The Turkish invasion resulted in the partition of Cyprus along the UN-monitored Green Line, which still divides Cyprus today.
Cyprus will pay tribute to those killed during the invasion and those still missing, with memorials and other events in the government controlled areas of the Republic.
The Cyprus Civil Defence Force will activate the sirens of the Public Warning System, which are installed in all areas of the Republic.