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Turkish Cypriots have access to missing persons information
2003-06-09 20:06:58

Nicosia, Jun 9 (CNA) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that the families of Turkish Cypriot missing persons can have access to the information of the Republic of Cyprus in connection with the investigations that have been carried out so far concerning the fate of their missing relatives and the possible results.

In an announcement, the Ministry says that in accordance with the decision of the Council of Ministers taken on April 30, 2003, the families of Turkish Cypriot missing persons, the names of whom were published in the Official Gazette of the Republic number 3713 of 12 May 2003, can have access to the information in the hands of the competent services of the Republic of Cyprus in connection with the investigations that have been carried out so far concerning the fate of their missing relatives and the possible results.

Meetings between the relatives of Turkish Cypriot missing with competent government officials may be arranged in Cyprus at the Office of the Greek Cypriot Representative on the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP), or if the relatives are living abroad, they can apply to the diplomatic/consular missions of the Republic of Cyprus. |

In the course of the briefing that will be made, interested relatives may also give all necessary ante mortem information concerning the case of their relative, as well as blood samples for the creation of a bank of genetic material, which will greatly assist the efforts for the scientific identification of the remains through the DNA process and their return to interested families.

The Ministry notes that for 201 of the 500 cases included in the list of Turkish Cypriot missing, details and information about the death and burial place of these persons has been given in the framework of the implementation of the July 31, 1997 agreement on missing persons to the Turkish Cypriot representative.

The cooperation of the relatives of missing persons is indispensable in the efforts to solve this humanitarian problem and for this reason interested families are strongly urged to give their help and cooperation, the Ministry concludes.

A total of 1.493 cases concerning Greek Cypriot missing have been submitted to the CMP. The remains of 10 Greek Cypriots and three Greeks have been identified while Andreas Kasapis, a US citizen of Cypriot descent who was 17 when he went missing, had been identified earlier.

One hundred and twenty-six cases have not been submitted to the CMP. From this number, the remains of 19 Greek Cypriots have been identified.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island’s territory.

CNA/RG/EC/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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