Committee on Missing Persons locates human remains in occupied areas

The remains of one missing person were located on Thursday during excavations in the occupied village of Ayios Ermolaos.

A press release issued by the Office of the Greek Cypriot Member to the Committee of Missing Persons (CMP) says that excavations are currently underway in Arsos, Dikomo, Morphou and Nicosia.

The press release says that so far the remains of 896 missing persons were identified from both communities and were given to the families for a proper funeral. A total of 1,230 places where missing persons are believed to have been buried were excavated by CMP and remains were found in only 336 locations.

CMP made an appeal to anyone who might have information on missing persons to contact the following numbers : +357 22 400142 or 22 400181

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Since then, the fate of hundreds of people remains unknown. 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