Greek Relatives of missing persons briefed on developments by Cypriot MPs

A Panhellenic Committee of parents and relatives of missing persons was briefed, on Thursday, by Cypriot parliamentarians on developments as regards the efforts to find and identify remains of missing persons from the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974.

The relatives of Greek missing persons were briefed by a delegation of the parliamentary committee on refugees, enclaved, missing persons and adversely affected persons comprised its President Skevi Koukouma and MPS Mariella Aristidou and Zacharias Koulias, a House of Representatives press release issued here today says.

Koukouma welcomed the delegation from Greece and refereed to the total number of Greek missing persons which comes to 81. Four are missing from the period between 1963 – 1964 and 77 from the Turkish invasion, the press release notes, adding that “until today 27 missing persons from the Turkish invasion have been identified as well as 2 missing persons from the period of 1963 – 1964.”

The aim of the meeting, the press release says, was to brief the Greek Committee on ” the matter of finding out what became of Greek missing persons and in general ways by which the progress of the Committee on Missing Persons work can be intensified.”

Among others it was also recalled that the “missing persons issue would have been dealt with effectively if Turkey were to cooperate and give information contained with the occupying armys archives.”

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Hundreds of Greek Cypriots went missing during the invasion.

According to the CMP 792 missing persons from both communities have been identified and returned to the families for a dignified burial.

Source: Cyprus News Agency