Sirens will sound this Thursday 20th July at 05:30am as the Republic of Cyprus marks the 43rd anniversary of the invasion of Cyprus by Turkish troops.
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. In a two-phase invasion and despite repeated calls by the UN Security Council, Turkey occupied 37% of the sovereign territory of Cyprus.
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.