ATHENS - Defence Minister Evangelos Apostolakis highlighted the excellent relations between the armed forces and Greek society, as well as the close ties of solidarity with Cyprus, in his statement after the end of the military parade held in Athens on Monday to mark the March 25 national holiday, which celebrates the start of the Greek revolution against Ottoman rule in 1821. He also congratulated the men and women of the armed forces on their "excellent" organisation and execution of the parade.
Addressing his Cypriot counterpart Savvas Angelides, who attended the parade in Athens, Apostolakis asked him to convey "our greetings and continuous support and solidarity" to Cyprus. He concluded by saying that the armed forces will protect the national integrity and independence of the country while constantly striving to maintain peace and cooperation in the region.
Angelides referred to the strength and achievements of Greeks when they stand united. This must be a message to all sides and in current circumstances, "it is current as never before for Cyprus and Greece to be united," he added, so that "with prudence and unanimity we can achieve much for the security and peace of the region, the growth and prosperity of our people."