Cyprus Mail

Protest for the missing of Assia

Residents of occupied Assia, and relatives of other missing persons, on Wednesday, staged a protest outside Parliament to mark International Day of Human Rights, demanding they be able to bury the remains of their loved ones and not empty coffins.
The protesters handed over a petition to House President Yiannakis Omirou, in which they said the Turkish army had removed remains of Assia residents killed in 1974 from the original mass burial sites and had handed over only part of the remains, which meant relatives were burying empty coffins for the most part.
The petition said hundreds of small bones also remained stored at the Committee of Missing Persons (CMP) lab and had not been identified through DNA due to high costs of this process. They asked that the necessary resources be found.
Assia has around 84 people listed as missing between the ages of 11 and 84 years. Over 50 of them are believed to have died in a mass execution along with Cypriots from other areas in August 1974 and their bodies thrown into two wells.
Addressing the protesters, Omirou, who is currently also Acting President said establishing the fate of the missing persons was a priority. (CNA)

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