INTRODUCTION: The Greek community in Cyprus has been celebrating National Day -- the 160th anniversary of Greece's independence from the Turkish Ottoman empire.
SV & CU President Kyprianou inspects guard of honour (3 shots)
SV & CU Flags and signs outside Greek embassy (2 shots)
SV ZOOM INTO CU Kyprianou standing with Archbishop Chrysostomos and others in garden of Embassy
SV Soldiers heading march past children waving from balcony (3 shots)
SV War veterans march past embassy garden (2 shots)
SV & CU Schoolboys and girls march past (2 shots)
SV People on roadside as girl Brownie pack passes (4 shots)
SVs Union organisation marches past with banners (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Greek community in Cyprus has been celebrating National Day -- the 160th anniversary of Greece's independence from the Turkish Ottoman empire. The uprising by the Greek nation against the Turks has been marked every year since 1821.
SYNOPSIS: After the traditional church service in Nicosia on Wednesday (25 March), President Sypyros Kyprianou inspected a guard of honour before watching a big military and civilian parade. The occasion has loomed larger in Cyprus since the Turkish invasion in 1974, resulting in the occupation of almost half the island.
The celebrations led by Archbishop Chrysostomos are of special significance as Turkey and Greece continue to negotiate the future of the island. Since last August, representatives of the two communities have been meeting to discuss the problems existing before and after the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus.
The lack of progress in the intercommunal talks prompted United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim last December to propose the idea of an interim settlement. This provides for up to 35,000 Greek Cypriot refugees being allowed to return to the Varosha area of Famagusta. The Greek Cypriots would then agree to the joint opening of Nicosia airport and their lifting of the blockade of the Turkish-held airports and seaports. But this report now seems to have been abandoned.
Greek Cypriots lost much of their property in the Turkish invasion, and the Turks have refused claims for compensation. Turkey has also defied repeated requests by the United Nations to recall its troops.