Ceremonies to be held for late leaders,
CEREMONIES take place this week to remember TRNC founding President Rauf Denktaş and former Turkish Cypriot leader and Republic of Cyprus vice-president Dr Fazıl Küçük on the anniversaries of their deaths.
Sirens will be sounded across the country and flags lowered to half mast tomorrow to remember Mr Denktaş, seven years after his death at the age of 87.
A ceremony will take place at the TMT monument in Lefkoşa at 10.09am, to be attended by President Mustafa Akıncı and Mr Denktaş’s son, Finance Minister and Democrat Party leader Serdar, followed by a special remembrance event at the capital’s Atatürk Cultural Centre at 10.45am.
This will include a choir performance, a speech by Serdar Denktaş and the screening of a documentary on the life of Rauf Denktaş.
A memorial race will also be held tomorrow, starting at Escape beach in Alsancak at 7am and due to end in front of the TMT monument in Lefkoşa at 10.07am — moments before the sirens go off. Keen photographer Mr Denktaş's work will be shown from 6pm on Monday at the Rauf Raif Denktaş Cultural Centre in Gazimağusa. Remembrance ceremonies for Dr Küçük will be held on Tuesday, the date in 1984 when he died at the age of 77 — just two months after the declaration of the TRNC.
Flags will again be lowered and wreaths laid during the 10.27am ceremony at Dr Küçük’s mausoleum outside Lefkoşa, to be attended by the president, and Dr Küçük’s son, Mehmet, and followed by a celebration of his father’s life at the Atatürk Cultural Centre.
A memorial race will start from outside the central Lefkoşa offices of Halkın Sesi newspaper, founded by Dr Küçük, at 9.30am and end at his mausoleum just before the ceremony starts.
TRNC founding President Rauf Denktaş. Right, former Turkish Cypriot leader and Republic of Cyprus vicepresident Dr Fazıl Küçük.