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It is with feelings of pride and respect that I speak about my fellow Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots Veterans because no less than 20.000 volunteered and enlisted in the British Forces during the Second World War in order to prevent the abominable dictatorial Nazi and Fascist regimes from dominating Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. They fought in France, Italy, Greece and North Africa and many of them are buried in cemeteries abroad. They repeated what their fathers did in the First World War. The present generation owes a lot to the World Veterans of the Second World War for they are the remnants of all those brave men from Europe, Russia, the USA, the Dominions and the Colonies who took arms and opposed tyranny so that the future generations can live in a better and safer World. I am proud because my small in numbers country contributed 20.000 brave men in the defence of Freedom and Democracy.

GLAFCOS CLERIDES
FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS

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