Cer­e­monies to be held for late lead­ers,

Cyprus Today - - NEWS - By KEREM HASAN Chief Re­porter

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.

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