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Published on Jul 13, 2011
Theatro Technis marked the opening of its annual Cyprus Week events in London with a ceremony spoken mostly in English to raise the flag of the Republic of Cyprus and of the European Union on a day when there had been a massive explosion of stored ammunition at a naval base in Cyprus which had killed 12 people and injured more than 60 others. The tragedy of this calamity for Cyprus added the 11th of July 2011 to the list of tragic dates for the island - the 15th July 1974 coup by the Greek military Junta against President Makarios which provided the pretext for Turkey to begin its invasion on 20th July 1974. The flag raising ceremony this year conveyed the grief of the people of Cyprus regarding the ammunitions explosion by having the two flags raised only to half mast, to mark the 1st of three days of mourning called for by President Demetris Christofias earlier in the day. The Greek Junta had callapsed following the Turkish invasion but Turkey still occupies 37% of the Republic of Cyprus for the 37th year, with no apparent intention to withdraw its occupation army or to withdraw its hundreds of thousands of mainland settlers as the international community in the form of the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights, and also of course the European Union have demanded that it should do in many of their resolutions. The renewed talks "By Cypriots for Cypriots" which began again in 2008 under President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Talat have continued with the new Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu and despite 3 years of talks including 3 special meetings with UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon have still not noted progress on the most substantive issues, such as the territorial, the settler, property or security and guarantee issues having hardly even been discussed by the Turkish side. With the Republic of Cyprus due to take on the Presidency of the European Union from July 2012, there is a renewal of pressures to solve the Cyprus Problem prior to that date, but Turkey still indulges its propaganda war about how it wishes the Cyprus problem solved but still does not take the necessary steps to comply with international requirements while repeating its demand for recognition of the secessionist regime of the so-called "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" which is recognised by no country other then Turkey and with with frequent references to its demands for a solution of 2 states in Cyprus which would together co-create the future government of the island. The annual CYPRUS WEEK events are organised by Theatro Technis http://www.theatrotechnis.com/ in association with the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK http://www.cypriotfederation.org.uk/ and there are archive videos of past Cyprus Week events detailed at the above mentioned websites.