Greece celebrated the 155th anniversary of its are against Turkish rule on Thursday (25 March) with an impressive parade in Athens and church services throughout the country.
GV Athens People in street to watch parade
SCU President Tsatsos watching parade
CU Tanks roll past
CU Karamanlis and ministers watch parade (2 shots)
GV Rocket launchers TILT TO Aircraft flying over
GV Cyprus Students march in parade past Makarios and military leaders (5 shots)
SCU Makarios and ministers applaud as parade continues
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Background: Greece celebrated the 155th anniversary of its are against Turkish rule on Thursday (25 March) with an impressive parade in Athens and church services throughout the country.
Greek President Constantine Tsatsos, Premier Constantine Karamanlis and his cabinet, military leaders and foreign diplomats attended a mass in Athens Cathedral. After the service President Tsatsos took the salute at a military parade while planes, including newly-acquired French Mirage and United States Phantoms, flew low over the city.
Reuters news agency said the parade, which included many recently acquired tanks, guns and guided missiles was seen by observers as a show of force by Greece in reply to Turkish naval and air manoeuvres now under way in the eastern Aegean Sea. Relations between the two countries have been strained over the Cyprus crisis and territorial disputes in the Aegean which brought the countries close to war in recent years.
On Cyprus itself, thousands of people gathered in Nicosia to celebrate Greek National Day. Greek Cypriot leader, Archbishop Makarios, reviewed a big parade of people from the steps of the Greek Embassy.
The celebrations came nearly two years after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, and Archbishop Makarios officiated at a short service in the church of Phneromeni, only a few yards (metres) from the "Green Line" which divides Nicosia into Greek and Turkish Cypriot districts.
SYNOPSIS: In Athens on Thursday big crowds of people gathered to watch a National Day parade. The Greek President, Mr. Constantine Tsatsos, reviewed the military parade after a service in athens Cathedral. It marked the one-hundred-and-fifty-fifth anniversary of the war of independence against Turkish rule.
the Premier, Mr. Constantine Karamanlis, and his cabinet also watched the parade, which included tanks, guns and guided missiles newly acquired by the Greek armed forces. Reuters news agency said the parade was seen as a show of force by Greece in reply to Turkish naval and air manoeuvres now under way in the eastern Aegean Sea. Newly acquired French Mirage and American Phantom aircraft also took part.
Meanwhile, on Cyprus, the Greek Cypriot community celebrated the Greek National Day with a parade. Archbishop Makarios, military leaders and Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Clerides wee among many officials watching. Earlier, Archbishop Makarios had officiated at a short service in the Phaneromeni Church, only a few yards from the "Green Line" which divides Nicosia into Greek and Turkish sections.
It was the first time since the Turkish invasion nearly two years ago that National Day celebrations were held.