Presidential Commissioner, CMP and others receive Cyprus File’s first 4 volumes

House of Representatives President Demetris Syllouris handed over on Monday the first four volumes of the Cyprus File to Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou, the Committee on Missing Persons, the Pancyprian Association of Prisoners 1974, the Pancyprian Federation of Reserve Officers, the Reserve Commandos Association, the Artillery Association, the Committee of Resistance Fighters Archives and the EOKA Fighters Association.

The Cyprus File which will once published in its entirety is expected to be over 30 volumes contains evidence and other material collected by the House of Representatives and the Hellenic Parliament regarding the events that shook the island in 1974.

Handing over the volumes Syllouris urged the representatives of all the organisations present to give to the House of Representatives any other evidence or archives or even different recollections about specific events they may have.

Much of what is recorded is evidence given by people which may be subjective or objective, the House President said, adding that it is up to you and all citizens to evaluate it.

Referring to the missing persons of Cyprus, Syllouris said that although it is not certain that new evidence will come to light, nevertheless there is a lot of material to go through. It will either help the search for what happened to those missing since 1974 directly, indirectly or not at all.

On his part, Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou spoke of the significance of this material, noting that is imperative that everyone but more so the younger generation know what happened in Cyprus in the past so that great, catastrophic mistakes of the past are not repeated in the future.

The material we receive today “is very important to us as an office which deals with matters of missing persons, he said, adding that it is well known that the situation has reached a crucial point due to lack of information and due to Turkey’s refusal to cooperate in what is a humanitarian issue.

On behalf of the Pancyprian Federation of Reserve Officers Kypros Manoulos said that many of the federations members perished in the battlegrounds in 1974 and that the federation seeks answers as to why the help they were waiting for never came.

CMP Greek Cypriot member Nestoras Nestoros pointed out that the problem of the missing persons will not be able to be resolved without the cooperation between different government departments and organised bodies.

Referring to the material received, he noted that it will be reviewed together with the material the CMP already has digitised in combination with revisiting available information in order to be able to give answers to missing persons’ relatives who have been waiting now for a very long time.

Committee of Resistance Fighters Archives Chairman Giorgos Louka informed Syllouris that the Committee has already published a book with evidence by 40 resistance fighters which it has sent to Parliament, adding that the Committee may also publish a second book.

A Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) 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.

According to data provided on the CMP website, the total number of missing persons was 2,002 of which 1,510 Greek Cypriots and 492 Turkish Cypriots.

The remains of 681 Greek Cypriots and 246 Turkish Cypriots were identified until January 31, 2019, while 829 Greek Cypriots and 246 Turkish Cypriots are still missing.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Prior to the invasion, the military junta ruling Greece at the time engineered a coup against the legal government of the Republic of Cyprus.

Source: Cyprus News Agency