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We do not Forget Cyprus 1974
The Cypriot community in South Australia held a commemorative event to condemn the military coup by the Greek junta and EOKA B’ and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in the summer of 1974.
On Sunday 19 July, the Justice for Cyprus Committee (SEKA) in conjunction with the Cyprus Community of South Australia held a wreath laying ceremony at the Community’s Memorial in Welland, attended by representatives of the South Australian Government and Opposition as well as many community leaders.
Speakers at the event were, Minister David Pisoni MP representing the Premier Stephen Marshall, the Leader of the Opposition Peter Malinauskas, Tom Koutsantonis MP, the Greek Consul General George Psiachas, the Cyprus Community President Andreas Evdokiou and SEKA Chairman Peter Ppiros.
Also in attendance, were, Irene Pnevmatikos MLC, Mr Trian Gonis representing Steve Georganas MP, Andriana Christopoulos representing the Mitcham Council, Paul Alexandrides representing the Charles Sturt Council, GOCSA President Bill Gonis, St George Parish Vasilios Terzis, Pan Macedonian President Evan Tsiaparis and Peter Gardiakos of the Federation of Greek Orthodox Communities of Australia and many representatives of local Greek community associations.
Speaking at the event, President of the Cyprus Community Andreas Evdokiou condemned the turkish invasion as well as the military coup staged by the Greek junta which led to the invasion. "We have a duty to our fallen heroes of 1974 that we stay united and fight for freedom and re-unification of our country", he said.
Justice for Cyprus Chair Peter Ppiros, said Turkey is escalating its provocations in the region by invading Cyprus territorial waters and threatening Greece and Cyprus with military action.
An indication of Turkish arrogance, and disrespect towards international community, is the recent decision to convert Ayia Sophia into a mosque. "Erdogan is intensifying the religious and nationalistic rivalries in order to fanatize and mobilize support around his dangerous geopolitical plans in the region.
He called on the Australian Government and the international community to exert real pressure on Turkey to respect international law and human rights and withdraw its troops from Cyprus allowing the Greek and Turkish Cypriots to re-unite their common homeland under a bi-zonal, bi-communal federal system of Government based on UN resolutions.
COVID 19 measures as directed by the Government were observed during the event.
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