One thousand six hundred thirty four newly recruited soldiers were sworn in during a ceremony held at GSZ stadium in Larnaca on Friday morning, in the presence of Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides and the National Guard Chief Lt General Georgios Basiakoulis.
In statements after the ceremony and the parade of the conscripts, Fokaides noted that today is an important day for the soldiers, their families and the National Guard.
He congratulated the leadership of the National Guard and the military recruitment centres` executive staff on the hard work of the past few weeks, as well as the young conscripts which have undertaken the task to serve their country.
The Minister referred to the highest moral principle of serving one’s country, to safeguard its freedom and security.
This, he said, is what allows the state, its institutions and the political leadership to seek a just, viable and functional solution which will reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.
The ceremony was also attended by deputies and other officials as well as relatives and friends of the conscripts, who have been given a 48-hour leave.
Similar ceremonies were held in Paphos and Limassol.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY