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Relatives of Missing: Unsuccessful excavations raises questions
2005-01-13 13:33:53

Nicosia, Jan 13 (CNA)-- The completion of excavations in the Turkish occupied village of Trahonas, which yielded no results raises question over the credibility of the information submitted by the Turkish Cypriot side, Nicos Theodosiou, President of the Committee of Relatives of Missing Persons and Undeclared Prisoners of War has told CNA today.

The exploratory investigation, carried out by British experts working for the Foundation INFORCE, started last Wednesday in Trahonas, one of three sites presented by the Turkish Cypriot side in 1998, where people killed during the 1974 Turkish invasion are believed to have been buried. The investigation wrapped up last Tuesday but no graves have been located.

''This development raises questions whether the information given by the Turkish Cypriot side is credible,'' Theodosiou said, adding that information submitted in the future in the framework of the Committee of Missing Persons (CMP) should be more reliable and corroborated to avoid creating false hopes to the relatives of the missing persons”.

''The relatives of the missing persons are suffering for more than 30 years and even the slightest mobility on the issue creates expectations,'' Theodosiou added, noting that after Tuesday's development they are now disappointed.

Theodosiou did not rule out the possibility that the Turkish occupying forces on purpose, have constructed military camps on sites where, according to Turkish Cypriot daily “Afrika” the mass graves of Greek Cypriots exist.

''There is such information but it is not specific'', Theodosiou said, adding that the Committee's position is that ''if there is precise and convincing evidence that a mass grave exists it should be investigated regardless of its location.''

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