CMP continues to review identifications of missing persons, no misidentifications found so far says Nestoros

The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus continues the review of 334 cases of missing persons, who were identified by the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING) between 2007 and 2012. ?ccording to Nestoras Nestroros, the Greek Cypriot member of CMP, no misidentifications were discovered so far.

The need to check these cases again emerged after the CMP delivered wrong relics in the case of Michalis Katsouris, a Greek Cypriot missing person. His relatives were informed about the incident in early 2017.

Nestoros told CNA that the mistake in the case of Katsouris was the lack of statistical correlation of genetic results with those of relatives of missing persons therefore we decided to reexamine these cases.

Samples were sent last year to BODE forensics laboratory in the United States. Until now, 246 cases were checked and the procedure continues for the rest of the cases. According to Nestoros, no misidentifications were discovered until now.

The data from the review will be included in the folders of those identified and will be available, in case there are any doubts in the future, Nestoros concluded.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

A Committee on Missing Persons was established, upon agreement between the leaders of the two communities, with the scope of exhuming, identifying and returning the remains of missing persons to their relatives.

Source: Cyprus News Agency