Presidential Commissioner and UK High Commissioner discuss Brexit, missing persons and enclaved

Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou and UK High Commissioner in Nicosia Stephen Lillie held a meeting on Wednesday during which they discussed how Brexit affects Cypriots living in the UK, as well as humanitarian issues such as the missing persons problem and the enclaved.

According to a press release by the Presidency, the Presidential Commissioner briefed the High Commissioner on the major humanitarian problem of the missing persons in Cyprus and the problems and difficulties to solve the problem due to Turkeys negative stance.

Photiou noted that the number of remains of missing persons that are being found has dropped dramatically due to the lack of cooperation on behalf of Turkey and called for the United Kingdoms contribution to exert pressure on Turkey so that the occupying power assumes its responsibilities in resolving this humanitarian problem.

In addition, Photiou referred to the problems faced by the enclaved people in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, the need to respect religious freedoms in the occupied areas and to protect religious and cultural heritage. He also briefed the UK High Commissioner on the efforts made to restore monuments and churches in the occupied areas.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Hundreds of Greek Cypriots went missing during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, most of them combatants but also women, children and elderly people. During the same period and in the early 1960 when intercommunal fighting broke out Turkish Cypriots went missing too.

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.

Source: Cyprus News Agency