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Remains of Eight G/C and Six T/C Missing Persons to be Returned
2008-01-24 09:56:13

Nicosia, Jan 22 - The remains of eight Greek Cypriot missing persons will be returned to their families, Greek Cypriot member of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) Elias Georgiades announced on Tuesday.

''Τhe identifications have been made on eight of our missing persons and their families have been informed,'' Mr. Georgiades stated, and added that: ‘‘the families will visit the anthropological laboratory to see the remains of their missing relatives, and then they will proceed to religious burial.''

Mr. Georgiades also recalled the press release issued by CMP last Tuesday saying that new series of identifications are expected before the end of the month, or early February the latest.

According to reports in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, CMP Turkish Cypriot member Gulden Plumer Kucuk said that CMP will also return to their families the remains of six Turkish Cypriot missing persons.

She added that with these returns, the number of the remains of G/C and T/C missing persons returned to their families totals 71.

The CMP, set up in 1981, is looking into cases of persons reported as missing in the intercommunal fighting in the early 1960s as well as during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. In the past few years, the three-party committee, comprising representatives of the two communities in Cyprus and an official selected by the Red Cross, has identified remains of persons from both communities who had been listed as missing. The remains have been returned to the families concerned.

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