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FM: "Cyprus has asked for the USA report on missing persons"
2006-10-25 15:37:29

Larnaca, Oct 24 - Cypriot Foreign Minister George Lillikas said the Republic of Cyprus has requested the US report on the missing persons. In the meantime, he added, a meeting has been asked by the Cypriot Ambassador in Washington to the author of the report.

According to the report of the ''Defence and Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy'', Greek Cypriot and Greek persons, missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, were used as human guinea-pigs in experiments in the Turkish military’s biochemical laboratories between the years 1984 and 1988.

In statements at Larnaca Airport on departure for Paris where he will meet with French Minister Delegate for European Affairs Catherine Colonna, Lillikas said the government, as in various other cases, will try with all means to cross information and to verify the facts.

Called to comment on the role of Greece on the issue of missing persons, Lillikas said that according to information in 1989 there were Greek-Cypriots alive in Turkey. He pointed there was always bilateral information and cooperation between the Greek and Cypriot government.

Responding to a question, Lillikas said the project on the Exhumation and Identification of remains found is progressing satisfactory and ''is not an easy case and the cooperation of keens is needed''.

He expressed hope that the on-going effort will continue and give the some results.

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