President Makarios took the salute in Nicosia on Saturday (25 March) with Greek Charge d'Affaires Alexandros Zafiriou at a parade to mark Greek Independence Day.
SV Makarios reviews guard of honour in Nicosia street
SV Guard of honour
SV Greek Army Commander past guard of honour
SV INT Greek officials watch Makarios during church service
GV Makarios takes seat next to Mr. Zafiriou
GV Army offices during service
SV PAN Makarios leaves Greek Mission to view parade
SV Other officials leave Mission
SV Parade files past (2 shots)
SV Makarios and officials applaud
SV Parade through streets past reviewing stand (2 shots)
SV War veterans file past.
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Background: President Makarios took the salute in Nicosia on Saturday (25 March) with Greek Charge d'Affaires Alexandros Zafiriou at a parade to mark Greek Independence Day. The Cypriot leader also as present in Nicosia's Faneromeni Church or the Orthodox religious celebrations which were also observed on Saturday.
After uncertainty about whether he would attend, the President's presence at the parade--watched by about 20,000 Greek Cypriots--appeared to signal a partial easing of the tense relations between Cyprus and Greece.
The crisis arose last month when Greece called for a reshuffle in the Cypriot Government and the handover of secretly imported Czechoslovak weapons to the United Nations peace force on the island.
The President has since agreed not to distribute the weapons to his supporters on the island and to allow the U.N. force to inspect them at any time.
Another cooling off in the crisis was the postponement of a reply by the senior bishops of the Cyprus Orthodox Church to the President's comments on their demand that he should resign as head of state.
He told them he couldn't accept their reason and warned of possible civil strife and partition of the island if they pressed their demand. The bishops are now expected to deliver their reply next week.
SYNOPSIS: Archbishop Makarios, President of Cyprus, reviewed a guard of honour outside Nicosia's Faneromeni Church on Saturday a the start of Orthodox religious celebrations. The celebrations were being observed at the same time as parts of the Cypriot capital were preparing themselves for a parade to mark Greek Independence Day.
The Greek Military Commander on the island also reviewed the guard of honour at the start of the Church service.
There had been doubt about whether the President would attend the Church service. But cetyl surrounding the President have lessened recently and one sign was a postponement by the senior bishops of the Cyprus Orthodox Church to the President's comments n their demand that he should resign as head of state.
There had also been uncertainty about whether he wold attend the Greek National Day parade in Nicosia. but eh and other officials left the Greek Mission in the city for the reviewing stand. A crisis had arisen last month and it was sparked from Athens.
The crisis developed when Greece called for a re-shuffle in the Cypriot Government and demanded the handover of secretly imported Czechoslovak weapons to the United nations peace force on the island.
But the President has since agreed not to distribute the weapons to his supporters and to allow the United Nations force to inspect them at any time. So the Archbishop joined some 20,000 other cypriots who watched the parade which marked Greece's independence.
War veterans also took part in the parade.