CMP excavation teams discover bone fragments in Yerani and Templos villages

Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) excavation teams discovered on Tuesday fragments of bones at a site in the Turkish occupied Yerani village, where, according to information, a Greek Cypriot who went missing since 1974 was buried, CNA has learned.

Remains were also found on Tuesday in the occupied village of Templos, where fragments of bones were first discovered last week in a well. The excavation continues and we continue to discover fragments up until now, a source told the Agency, noting that CMP is looking there for the remains of two Greek Cypriots who went missing in 1974.

Currently there are six excavation teams working at sites, five in the Turkish occupied areas � two in Lapithos, one in Morphou, one in Templos and one in Yerani � looking for the remains of Greek Cypriots who went missing in 1974 and one in the government-controlled areas and specifically in Strovolos, looking for the remains of Turkish Cypriots who went missing in 1964, without

finding anything so far.

CNA has learned that remains were also found recently in one of the two sites in Lapithos. This excavation began in mid-February and continues. Nothing was found at the second site in the same village. According to information, more than one missing person were buried at each site.

In Morphou, where there have been no findings so far, the CMP excavation team is looking for the remains of five Greek Cypriot missing persons, who according to information were buried there.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

A Committee on Missing Persons has been 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.

The CMP is a tripartite intercommunal investigatory committee comprising a representative of the Greek Cypriot community, a representative of the Turkish Cypriot community, and a Third Member nominated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and appointed by the UN Secretary General.

Source: Cyprus News Agency