Greek National Defence Minister Panayiotis Beglitis will pay a one-day official visit to Cyprus on October 1st, it was announced here on Wednesday.

    Τhe Greek minister will watch the military parade to take place on the occasion of Cyprus' Independence Day.

    During his visit, Beglitis will be received by President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias.

    Cyprus became an independent state in 1960 after a four year anti-colonial struggle from 1955 until 1959 against British rule. Cyprus was a former British colony between 1878 until 1960. Fourteen years later Turkey invaded Cyprus and since 1974 it occupies 37% of the island's territory, refusing to withdraw its troops as called for by the United Nations.