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    Greek and Turkish-Cypriots held separate ceremonies on different sides of a barricaded cease fire line in Nicosia on Sunday (20 July) to mark the anniversary of Turkey's invasion of Cyprus.

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    Greek and Turkish-Cypriots held separate ceremonies on different sides of a barricaded cease fire line in Nicosia on Sunday (20 July) to mark the anniversary of Turkey's invasion of Cyprus.
    The Greek-Cypriots held a mass rally in Nicosia's central square at the end of an international solidarity week to mark the invasion.
    President Makarios addressed the crowd and pledged to wage a relentless struggle until the east Mediterranean island was united and free again.
    Archbishop Makarios said Turkey had deceived the world as to the true objective of the invasion and was fostering the illusion that the key to the Cyprus problem lay in the constitutional structure of the state.
    "But the substance of the problem is the Turkish aggression, the seizure and continuing occupation of 40 per cent of the territory of Cyprus, the displacement and transformation of 200,000 Greek-Cypriots into refugees, the appropriation of their property, brutalities and other similar acts. Turkey probably aims at the occupation of the whole of Cyprus."
    At the same time, half a mile away from the scene of the Archbishop's fiery speech -- across the sandbagged, so-called "green line" dividing the city -- Turkish-Cypriots heard a reaffirmation that the invasion had been aimed solely at protecting the Turkish-Cypriot minority after a coup against President Makarios by the Greek-officered National Guard.
    Mr. Rauf Denktash, the Turkish-Cypriot leader, said his side had extended the hand of friendship to the Greek-Cypriots with proposals for a joint transitional government. After the rejection of the proposals, he said, the Turkish-Cypriots had every right to take all the necessary measures to strength their own separate state in the Turkish-held northern part of the island.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA31LMJ0X1V05XZX24PVPCJXRYO
    Media URN:
    VLVA31LMJ0X1V05XZX24PVPCJXRYO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/07/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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