Remains of two Greek Cypriot missing persons identified since the beginning of the year

The remains of two Greek Cypriots who went missing during the Turkish invasion of 1974 have been identified so far since the beginning of 2019, in the framework of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) Project on the Exhumation, Identification and Return of Remains of Missing Persons, while CMP excavation teams have not discovered any remains so far since the beginning of the year,according to CNA information.

Excavations began on Monday at two new sites in the Turkish occupied village of Kythrea. CNA has learned that one of them has to do with information about Greek Cypriot soldiers who went missing in 1974, while the second one with information which does not refer to specific cases. However, as it is noted it may probably concern civilians who went missing during the Turkish invasion.

Moreover, excavations are currently underway, for Greek Cypriots who went missing in 1974, in the occupied villages of Gerani, Sysklipos, Hamit Mantres and Assia (military zone) and for Turkish Cypriots who went missing in 1964 in Strovolos, at the government-controlled areas of the Republic.

According to data provided on the CMP website, the total number of missing persons is 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 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