Greek Cypriote celebrated Independence Day on October 1 for the first time since 1974 when Turkish troops seized the northern part of their island.
GV President Kyprianou getting out of car, shaking hands with officials and military leaders
GV Crowd lining streets
GV & SV PAN Military parade including armoured cars and anti-aircraft guns (2 shots)
SV President Kyprianou watching parade passing -- armoured cars and guns (2 shots)
SV & GV Children watching police march-past (2 shots)
SV President Kyprianou and VIPs watching infantry marching past (2 shots)
SV & GV Archbishop Chrysostomos and other VIPs watching infantry (2 shots)
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Background: Greek Cypriote celebrated Independence Day on October 1 for the first time since 1974 when Turkish troops seized the northern part of their island. President Spyros Kyprianou took the salute during a military parade which was the main event of the celebrations. Accompanying him were Archbishop Chrysostomos, leader of the Orthodox church in Cyprus, government ministers and other high ranking officials. Crowds lined the streets to watch the parade which included armoured cars, anti-aircraft guns, and divisions from the police and military forces. President Kyprianou recently held talks with the Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou in an attempt to preserve Greek co-sponsorship in Cyprus's annual appeal to the United Nations General Assembly for the reunification of the island.