Kammenos in Cyprus as remains of soldiers killed in 1974 return to Greece


Defense Minister Panos Kammenos visited Cyprus on Friday to attend a formal ceremony marking the handover of the remains of 17 Greek soldiers killed in 1974, when Turkey invaded the Mediterranean island.

“It is the duty of our nation that your sacrifice becomes a legacy for future generations,” Kammenos said during a ceremony in Nicosia that was attended by Greek Cypriot leaders and relatives of the victims.

The remains were identified after DNA analysis.

The island remains divided along ethnic lines, with Turkish-held north and the Greek Cypriot south, where the internationally recognized government is based.