This month marks the 41st anniversary of the Turkish invasion and occupation of Cyprus.
As part of the commemorations the Hellenic community of Australia will welcome Cypriot Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Nicos Kouyialis.

Holding a BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering from the North Carolina State University, he is also the chairman of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK), and vice president of the European Party of Cyprus.

Accompanied by the High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus in Oceania Ioanna Malliotis, he will arrive in Sydney on Sunday 19 July.

There Mr Kouyialis will take part in a church memorial for the fallen and wreath laying ceremony at the Cathedral of The Annunciation of Our Lady, commencing at 10.00 am.

This will be followed by a protest march at 2.15 pm via George Street and ending at Sydney Town Hall, followed by an anti-occupation gathering at the Cyprus Community of New South Wales.

Organisers will be providing free transport from the Cyprus Community Club to Martin Place between 12 noon and 12.45 pm.

Mr Kouyialis will visit South Australia on Wednesday 22 July, where similar commemorations will take place.

While down under, the minister will be meeting with local politicians at the parliament of South Australia before venturing on to Melbourne.

On Thursday 23 July, a protest is scheduled to take place outside the Turkish Consulate in Melbourne at 12 noon, where those gathered will be demanding an end to the illegal occupation of 36 per cent of Cypriot territory, along with the withdrawal of Turkish armed forces.

On Friday 24 July Mr Kouyialis will join president of the SEKA Justice for Cyprus Committee Victoria Kostas Elisseou in a demonstration on the steps of the Victorian parliament, followed by a candlelight vigil at 5.00 pm.

The events will continue on Sunday 26 July with a liturgy at the church of Saint Efstathios at 10.00 am.

This will be followed by another protest march to show support to the people of Cyprus at 12.30 pm, commencing and ending on the steps of the Victorian parliament building. Mr Kouyialis will then deliver a speech on the recent developments of the Cyprus issue, speaking on behalf of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades.