Legal agreement for the operation of the United Nations force in Cyprus, came into effect yesterday, (Wednesday), as the island's Greek population turned out en masse in Nicosia for the celebration of EOKA day.
TGV CROWD LINE ROUTE.
TV MAKARIOS OUT OF CAR.
SV PAN. MAKARIOS WALKS TO ROSTRUM.
SV MAKARIOS ON ROSTRUM.
TGV CIVILIAN PARADE COMMENCES.
TV FLAG CARRIED IN PROCESSION.
TGV CIVILIAN PARADE.
TV TROOPS MARCH PAST.
SV MAKARIOS SALUTED.
SV TROOPS MARCH PAST
CU DITTO. (4 SHOTS).
SCU TROOPS MARCH PAST MAKARIOS.
SCU PAN. TROOPS WITH BAZOOKAS MARCH PAST.
SV MILITARY VEHICLES DRIVE PAST MAKARIOS.
SCU PAN. DITTO.
SV PAN. MORTAR
SV SPECTATORS APPLAUD.
SV SCOUT CARS DRIVE PAST.
SCU PAN. COMMANDER DRIVES PAST
SCU PAN. ARMOURED LORRY.
LV ROW OF ARMOURED VEHICLES.
Initials DS/V/MR/SGM DS/V/MR/KN
Editors: all flags carried by marches in the parade were Greek National flags -- no Cypriot flags were carried.
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Background: Legal agreement for the operation of the United Nations force in Cyprus, came into effect yesterday, (Wednesday), as the island's Greek population turned out en masse in Nicosia for the celebration of EOKA day. It marked the ninth anniversary of the beginning of the fighting campaign against Britain, which culminated in independence for the island in 1960.
Highlights of the celebrations was a military parade through the capital at which President Makarios took the salute. The event drew the biggest crowds to be seen in the city since the Archbishop returned form British-imposed exile in the Seychelles.
Film shows columns of boys and girls marching past the viewing stand ahead of the military column of about 13 hundred uniformed security men. It shows the Greek-Cypriot forces carrying relatively modern weapons, including sub-machine gun, Bren guns and bazookas. At the rear of the parade were a number of armoured vehicles, some bearing machine guns and mortars.
The Cyprus Minister of the Interior, Mr. Georghadjis, a one-time EOKA chief, accompanied President Makarios on the saluting dais set up at the moat which surrounds the walls of the old city. Another prominent EOKA leader, Nicos Sampson, took part in the march itself.
Before attending the parade, President Makarios went to a special Te Deum Mass, at the Greek Orthodox Phaneromeni church inside the old city.