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More identifications of remains of missing expected
2007-08-09 08:27:41

More and more identifications of remains of missing persons, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots continue to take place, as forensic experts from both communities continue exhumations on both sides of the divided island.

The third member of the Committee of Missing Persons (CMP), Mr. Christophe Girod stated that the families of those exhumed and identified in the most recent spade of exhumations have all been notified about the fate of their loved ones, who were listed as missing. Mr. Girod added that Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot scientists continue their work at the Anthropological Laboratory and the Institute of Neurology and Genetics and new identifications of remains are expected in October. He went further to say that the return of all remains is expected to be completed within the next few days.

Mr. Nikos Theodosiou, the chairman of the Committee of Relatives of Missing Persons and Undeclared Prisoners of War, stated that the number of Greek Cypriot missing persons today stands at 1,534. According to Mr. Theodosiou, “So far, 85 Greek Cypriots, who were listed as missing in the catalogue of 1,619 persons, have been identified; 47 of them have been identified when the government of Cyprus unilaterally carried out exhumations and identifications of remains in two cemeteries in the southern government controlled part of the island and 38 remains have been identified through the work of the CMP, when exhumations took place in the occupied areas of Kyrenia and Yialousa.” Mr. Theodosiou also expressed his anticipation that more identifications of Greek Cypriots missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion will be announced soon.

Apart from the 38 Greek Cypriots, the remains of 19 Turkish Cypriots have been unearthed and identified, 13 of them have been missing since intercommunal strife in the early 60s.

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