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Australian Cypriots remember 1974

The Cypriot community in South Australia held a commemorative event to condemn the military coup and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in July1974. On Sunday 18 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 SA Government and Opposition as well as many community leaders. Speakers at the event were, Minister David Pisoni MP representing the Premier Stephen Marshall, Tom Koutsantonis MP representing the Leader of the Opposition Peter Malinauskas, the Greek Consul General George Psiachas, Charles Sturt Mayor Angela Evans, Irene Pevmatikos MLC, Andrea Michaels MP, SAMEAc Chair Andriana Christopoulos, the Cyprus Community President Andreas Evdokiou and SEKA Chairman Peter Ppiros. Also in attendance, were, Bishop Silouan of Sinope, Joe Szakacs MP, Mayor of West Torrens Michael Coxon, GOCSA President Bill Gonis, Archdiocese Council President Dr Vladimir Devrelis, John Mitroussides of the Pan Macedonian Association, 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 fascist coup of 15 July 1974, the betrayal by very few supporters of the junta, the EOKA B’, the result of which was the Turkish invasion, continues to fill us with anger, bitterness and despair”, Mr Evdokiou said. “Today we honor and remember the immortal heroes who sacrificed themselves in an effort to hold the advance of the Turkish forces of Attila in a war which was set up in advance by the powerful, our apparent protectors who have the audacity to lecture the world on issues of democracy and legitimacy”, Mr Evdokiou said. Mr Evdokiou urged all politicians present at the event, to pressure Turkey to hold its provocations and to clearly communicate the consequences of Turkey’s illegal actions in the Varosha. “We call on the Australian and the international community to urge President Tayip Erdogan to stay in his country and in a move of good will to withdraw the Turkish troops from Cyprus and allow the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to be reunited under a bi-zonal, bi-communal federal government in accordance with the UN resolutions” said SEKA SA President Peter Ppiros in his opening speech.
Greek Tribune Adelaide, South Australia
© 2020 Greek Community Tribune All Rights Reserved
© 2021 Greek Community Tribune All Rights Reserved

Australian Cypriots remember 1974

The Cypriot community in South Australia held a commemorative event to condemn the military coup and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in July1974. On Sunday 18 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 SA Government and Opposition as well as many community leaders. Speakers at the event were, Minister David Pisoni MP representing the Premier Stephen Marshall, Tom Koutsantonis MP representing the Leader of the Opposition Peter Malinauskas, the Greek Consul General George Psiachas, Charles Sturt Mayor Angela Evans, Irene Pevmatikos MLC, Andrea Michaels MP, SAMEAc Chair Andriana Christopoulos, the Cyprus Community President Andreas Evdokiou and SEKA Chairman Peter Ppiros. Also in attendance, were, Bishop Silouan of Sinope, Joe Szakacs MP, Mayor of West Torrens Michael Coxon, GOCSA President Bill Gonis, Archdiocese Council President Dr Vladimir Devrelis, John Mitroussides of the Pan Macedonian Association, 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 fascist coup of 15 July 1974, the betrayal by very few supporters of the junta, the EOKA B’, the result of which was the Turkish invasion, continues to fill us with anger, bitterness and despair”, Mr Evdokiou said. “Today we honor and remember the immortal heroes who sacrificed themselves in an effort to hold the advance of the Turkish forces of Attila in a war which was set up in advance by the powerful, our apparent protectors who have the audacity to lecture the world on issues of democracy and legitimacy”, Mr Evdokiou said. Mr Evdokiou urged all politicians present at the event, to pressure Turkey to hold its provocations and to clearly communicate the consequences of Turkey’s illegal actions in the Varosha. “We call on the Australian and the international community to urge President Tayip Erdogan to stay in his country and in a move of good will to withdraw the Turkish troops from Cyprus and allow the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to be reunited under a bi- zonal, bi-communal federal government in accordance with the UN resolutions” said SEKA SA President Peter Ppiros in his opening speech.
Greek Tribune
Adelaide, South Australia