The official visit by the Minister of National Defence, Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, to Cyprus has been completed. The Minister represented Greece in the events for the 60th anniversary since the declaration of independence of the Republic of Cyprus on October 1st 1960.
Before the parade, the Minister of National Defence and the Chief HNDGS General Konstantinos Floros visited the Imprisoned Graves, where wreaths were laid by the President of the Republic of Cyprus and the President of the Cypriot Parliament, Mr. Dimitris Syllouris. The Minister of Defence of Cyprus, Mr. Charalampos Petridis, and the Chief NGGS Lieutenant General Dimokritos Zervakis were also present. Then, wreaths were laid at the Monument of Resistance Heroes and the Statue of Archbishop Makarios III by Mr. Syllouris inside the Presidential Palace.
In the margins of the events, the Minister of National Defence had the opportunity to have a private conversation with his Cypriot counterpart. Messrs. Panagiotopoulos and Petridis exchanged views and information on the security and stability challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean.
After the parade, the Minister of National Defence and the Chief HNDGS visited the camp of the Hellenic Force in Cyprus (ELDYK), where a military detachment paid homage, attended the memorial service and laid a wreath. Then, Mr. Panagiotopoulos has been informed of the mission, the operational capability and readiness of ELDYK, inspected its facilities and had conversations with the regular and the reserve military personnel that serves in the Hellenic Force in Cyprus.