Presidential Commissioner says situation regarding the discovery of missing persons’ remains is tragic

Presidential Commissioner PhotisPhotiou has described the situation regarding the discovery of the remains of persons missing since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974 as tragic.

In statements in Larnaca, Photiou said that “unfortunately the situtation regarding the discovery of missing persons remains in the occupied areas is not good at all, I would say it is tragic.”

He went on to say that during 2018″ the remains of 10-11 missing persons were discovered, 2 – 3 bones of every missing person,” adding that if situation continues as it is now then things will be very difficult.

Photiou said that the fate of 850 missing persons has not yet been established, and stressed that Turkey must at last cooperate, give access to the archives of the Turkish army and provide informaton about the relocation of missing persons remains, another “major crime that it has committed.”

Moreover, he said that Turkey must provide information about massive burial sites, stressing that it is a shame that the international community has not been able to convience Turkey and exert pressure on her to cooperate on this purely humanitarian issue, which, as he noted, is not political.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.

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