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Government to make utmost efforts for missing Turkish Cypriots
2005-07-06 12:27:04

Nicosia, Jul 6 - The Cyprus Government has reassured a group of Turkish Cypriots over its firm position that the humanitarian issue of missing persons should be settled far from any political expediency.

A group of Turkish Cypriot relatives of missing persons passed on Wednesday to the government-controlled areas of the Republic in order to submit a letter of complaint to President Tassos Papadopoulos and Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou, regarding the absence of progress in efforts to solve the humanitarian issue.

At the Presidential Palace, the group met with Director of the Diplomatic Office of the President Tasos Tzionis in the presence of the Greek Cypriot member of the Committee of Missing Persons, Elias Georgiades.

Director of the President's Press Office Marios Karoyian said that during the meeting ''there were questions and answers and the whole discussion took place in a very friendly climate.''

In their letters, the Turkish Cypriot relatives note that they gave blood two years ago to help the DNA process of identification of remains, but nothing happened since then.

''There has been a sincere exchange of views and we were given the opportunity to reiterate the will of the Cyprus government to make utmost efforts to face a problem that troubles all relatives, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots alike, with special emphasis on the issue of the Turkish Cypriot missing persons,'' Karoyian said.

President of the Turkish Cypriot foundation for human rights Emine Erk said that ''the relatives of the missing from the villages of Tohni and Peristerona have given two letters of complaints asking for details about the fate of their relatives.''

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