Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades underlined the necessity to struggle for the reunification of Cyprus, so that its people can live in peace, in a truly European setting.

The President was speaking after a memorial service for EOKA hero Grigoris Afxentiou held at the Monastery of Macheras, located about 40 km from Nicosia. EOKA was the organization of Cypriot fighters who led the 1955-59 anti-colonial struggle.

Located near the Monastery is a hideout where Afxentiou gave in 1957 his last battle against the British and sacrificed his life. Following a religious ceremony at the hideout and an events reconstruction, President Anastasiades said Afxentiou was one of the greatest heroes in Cyprus’ history.

He further praised the bravery of EOKA fighters, noting that, through their actions they gave freedom to the people. President Anastasiades said that freedom is also today what the present generation owes to the next one.

Cyprus gained its independence in 1960. The island has been divided since the Turkish invasion in 1974

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