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Government willing to fully investigate missing persons issue
2006-06-06 14:46:19

Nicosia, Jun 6 (CNA) - The Cypriot Government has every good political will to fully investigate and bring an end to the humanitarian issue of the missing persons, Government Spokesman George Lillikas has said.

Replying to a question as regards statements by the Turkish Cypriot side that the remains of four Turkish Cypriot missing persons since 1963 ? 64 intercommunal clashes have been located at a tourist resort in the government ? control areas of the island, the spokesman said that ''this is not an issue to doubt or to discuss if the remains belong to four people or not because this is something to be found from the DNA examinations that will be conducted?.

He noted that ?the position of the Government is that both sides must make every effort with the best possible will to investigate all these cases of the missing? and stressed that ?this is a clear humanitarian issue?.

Since there is a certain work being done outside the political sphere ?we consider that it is of utmost importance to encourage and provide fully our services and assistance, instead of moving to a discussion that could cause misunderstandings,? he added.

Replying to another question he noted that the issue of the missing persons is an extremely sensitive one, and that every time there is a story in the news the relatives of the missing feel more pain.

Therefore, he concluded, it is better to give to the relatives information that have to do with their specific case instead of generally creating high expectations.

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