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Committee on Missing Persons announces 12 new identifications
2008-02-14 08:54:14

Nicosia, Feb 11 – Twelve more missing persons have been identified, the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus announced on Monday.

In a statement, it said that the anthropologists and geneticists working on the CMP Project on the Exhumation, Identification and Return of Remains of Missing Persons in Cyprus notified the CMP of 12 new identifications and that all families have been informed by the Committee over the past few days.

The total number of missing persons identified so far through the CMP project is 83. Additional identifications of remains are expected in the weeks to come.

Exhumations continue to be carried out island-wide by Cypriot archaeologists and anthropologists of the CMP bicommunal team.

One team is working in Gerasa on the search of remains of Turkish Cypriot missing, while two teams are working in Kyrenia and the Mesaoria plain on the search for Greek Cypriot missing persons. In addition, the CMP said, exhumation work was also carried out recently in the Karpasia region.

The CMP extended its condolences to the families concerned and expressed the hope “that despite the sorrow they will undoubtedly experience, some peace may eventually be found after so many years of painful uncertainty”.

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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