The military parade in honor of the Independence Day of the Republic of Cyprus took place on October 1 in the capital of the country. This year, due to sanitary restrictions, the parade was held without spectators. Only officials and foreign diplomats were present at the solemn event, which took place on Iosif Hadjiosif Avenue.
The parade was hosted by Speaker of Parliament Dimitris Silluris, who, according to the Constitution, replaces President Nikos Anastasiadis. The head of state was in Brussels that day at the summit of the European Council.
“While peace remains our priority, Cyprus stands ready to defend itself against the aggressive or predatory behavior of any other country,” said the Speaker of Parliament. Silluris was accompanied by Defense Minister Charalambos Petridis and the Commander of the National Guard, General Dimokritos Zervakis.
Greece was represented by the Minister of National Defense Nikos Panayotopoulos and the commander of the Joint Committee of the General Staff, General Konstantinos Floros. Italy was represented by the commander of the armed forces, General Enzo Vecchiareli, and France — by the commander of the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea forces, Vice Admiral Laurent Isnard. Ambassadors and military attachés also attended.