The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, alongside Turkey held commemoration ceremonies to mark the 79th anniversary of the death of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey, across the country.
Sirens were sounded at 09:05a.m, the exact time of his death, while flags were lowered to half-mast at all public offices and state institutions.
Atatürk died on Nov. 10, 1938 at the age of 57 at Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul because of health problems.
The first official ceremony of the day was held in front of the Atatürk’s monument in Lefkoşa at 09:00a.m.
Wreaths were laid, followed by a minute’s silence.
The ceremony was attended by the acting President and Speaker of Parliament Sibel Siber, Turkish Ambassador to Lefkoşa Derya Kanbay, Commander of the Turkish Peace Forces in Cyprus Major-General Yılmaz Yıldırım and the Commander of the Cyprus Turkish Security Forces Brigidair General Tevfik Algan.
The ceremony came to an end with the signing of the special book by acting President Sibel Siber and the Commander of the Turkish Peace Forces in Cyprus Major-General Yılmaz Yıldırım.
The second ceremony of the day was held at the Near East University’s Atatürk Culture and Congress Centre.
Similar ceremonies were held in other towns across the country.
Meanwhile, President Mustafa Akıncı flew to Ankara to attend a conference organised by the Turkish Bar Association as part of events remembering the 79th anniversary of the death of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.