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Remains of only 10 missing located in 2018

Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou said on Sunday that in 2018 the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) was only able to locate remains belonging to about 10 missing persons, when over 830 are still missing.

Photiou was addressing the funeral of Panayiotis Xanthou, in the village of Derynia, in Famagusta District, whose remains were located during the period of 2013 – 2014 in a mass grave near the Turkish occupied Agastina village.

It is tragic that the effort for answers have unfortunately reached a “crucial point”, he said.

The dangers are visible due to the stagnation in locating remains in the occupied areas, Photiou added.

According to CMP data so far, he said, in 2018 the remains of only about 10 people were located while there are still over 830 missing persons.

Unless Turkey changes its policy substantively the tragedy and pain of the families will continue, he noted.

He assured at the same time, that “we will continue our honest and sacred effort in cooperation with the relatives of missing persons to find out what happened to each and every one of our missing persons.”

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.

A Committee on Missing Persons has been established, upon agreement between the leaders of the two communities, with the scope of exhuming, identifying and returning the remains of missing persons to their relatives.

The CMP is a tripartite intercommunal investigatory committee comprising a representative of the Greek Cypriot community, a representative of the Turkish Cypriot community, and a Third Member nominated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and appointed by the UN Secretary General.

CNA

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