On the way from Nicosia to St. Hilarion, Makarios was welcomed with enthusiasm. The young?
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Background: On the way from Nicosia to St. Hilarion, Makarios was welcomed with enthusiasm. The young girls of the villages were covering him with rose petals, and the crowd was applauding him. Security forces were guarding most of the road through which Makarios passed.
When they stopped at a certain village the church bells rung, a prominent villager was addressing him and Makarios answered by a short speech.
On His arrival on the mountain area, a division stood on parade and was inspected by Makarios who was accompanied by Mr. Georgadjis nd the police inspector Mr. Antoniou.
Later, He visited the place where the national guards are camped and according to the Easter custom He toasted red eggs with the soldiers.
Makarios with Gen Pandelidea Georgadjis and other officers sat outside a tent and was offered breakfast. The soldiers who welcomed him on parade form rushed back to their posts. Then Makarios visited the hold post that lies nearer to Krini airstrip. he searched the surrounding area by monoculus. He also visited a area on the other side which is not far form St. Hilarion castle.
Makarios showed interest in visiting the first post which was captured form the Turks. It was St Elias. When he arrived there, He shook hands with the guards, and entered into the small church. He saw the swearing against him and a lot of others written on the walls and on holy Icons.
He bit red eggs with the soldiers there and then he departed.