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    In Cyprus the Greek community has been celebrating National Day marking 157 years of independence from the Turkish Ottoman empire and Eoka Day -- marking the start of the guerrilla war that eventually led to independence for the island from British rule.

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    In Cyprus the Greek community has been celebrating National Day marking 157 years of independence from the Turkish Ottoman empire and Eoka Day -- marking the start of the guerrilla war that eventually led to independence for the island from British rule.

    SYNOPSIS: The anniversaries of both these events were celebrated in Nicosia on Saturday (25 March). The head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Cyprus, Archbishop Chrysostomes, led the religious ceremonies that marked the start of the celebrations. Greek Cypriot President Spyros Kyprianou and other government officials were among the crowd who attended a service at Nicosia's Phaneromeni church.

    Similar celebrations also took place in Athens on Saturday, where, following a church service, a military parade included newly-acquired weapons on public view for the first time. Anarchists are reported to have threatened to disrupt the Athens procession, but it passed without incident.

    After the service in Nicosia President Kyprianou, Archbishop Chrysostomes and other officials gathered outside the Greek embassy to watch a military march-past. Recently dialogue between the Greek and Turkish Prime Ministers has led to renewed hopes that the differences that divide the two communities in Cyprus might soon be resolved.

    But for the present ceremonies such as this one are held on a strictly segregated basis -- with the Greek and Turkish communities restricting themselves to their own areas of the island -- which was divided when the "Turkish Federated State of Cyprus" came into being following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in July 1974.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA597TW9VYRH0M4FZNRW9B77WIP
    Media URN:
    VLVA597TW9VYRH0M4FZNRW9B77WIP
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/03/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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