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Cypriot FM hopes excavations for missing persons will yield results
2005-01-07 10:24:54

Larnaca, Jan 7 (CNA) -- Cyprus’ Foreign Minister George Iacovou said he hoped that the occupation regime’s decision to proceed with excavations at the occupied village of Trahonas in search of the remains of missing “yields results and is not a communications’ trick” by Turkish Cypriot so called prime minister Mehmet Ali Talat.

Speaking at Larnaca Airport before departing to Brussels, Iacovou said “we must wait and see if this effort will yield any real results”.

He said the Republic of Cyprus knows that Turkey is facing serious problems at the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, within the framework of the 4th interstate appeal by Cyprus against Turkey to the European Court of Human Rights on the missing persons’ issue.

The Committee of Ministers, Iacovou said, is demanding from Turkey to takes specific action to ascertain the fate of the missing. “They have announced that investigations will begin in a specific area, Trahonas, by a company approved within the framework of the Committee of Missing Persons. We hope that it is not a communications' trick”, he added.

INFORCE foundation from Britain, which has agreed with the Committee of Missing Persons (CMP) to undertake exhumation work on both sides in Cyprus with regard to Greek and Turkish Cypriot missing persons, began work on Wednesday in the Turkish occupied village of Trahonas in Nicosia to locate graves.

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