CMP members to request access to UK classified archives

Members of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus will ask UK decision makers to allow access to the countrys classified archives to search for any information which might be helpful in establishing the fate of persons who are still missing .

The member of the Greek Cypriot side at the Committee Nestoras Nestoros told CNA that they will discuss this issue with UK officials they will meet during a visit they will pay to London on June 18-22, adding that discussions are underway to arrange meetings with the UK Defence Secretary, Foreign Office officials and other decision makers.

He added that they will ask for access to UK confidential archives of 1963-64 and 1974 and to get aerial photos of locations that may help them in their task.

Nestoros also said that during their visit to London they will have meetings with Cypriots living in the UK and will make a presentation on the issue of missing persons in Cyprus.

Asked about the information which the Committee obtained from the UN archives in New York, recently, Nestoros said that “we are looking into them in combination with other information we have,” adding that the international research coordinator which the Committee has hired began working with them on Thursday.

Nestoros also said that the Committees excavation teams are now working, inter alia, at four military areas in the Turkish occupied part of the island. More specifically they are working in Famagusta, Poyazi (military zone), Kioneli, Voni (military zone) where the remains of a third person were discovered on Thursday, the lake of Galatia, Ayios Ilarionas (military zone), Kontemenos (military zone), Neo Chorio Kythreas and Konia.

Responding to another question, Nestoros said that they receive information from time to time regarding missing persons which they evaluate.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Since then, the fate of hundreds of people remains unknown. A Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) was established, upon agreement between the leaders of the island’s two communities, with the scope of exhuming, identifying and returning the remains of missing persons to their relatives.

Source: Cyprus News Agency