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Remains of three Turkish Cypriot missing persons found in Polis

THE remains of three Turkish Cypriot missing persons were found yesterday in a Turkish Cypriot graveyard in Polis Chrysochous.

The bones of two men and one woman were found by forensic teams working on behalf of the tri-partite Committee for Missing Persons (CMP) during excavations a few metres from where a Turkish school used to be.

The remains are thought to belong to Mehmet Atikokan, Achmet Bejan and Aishe Ramadan.

“This is an excavation which was part of the investigative works carried out by CMP and was completed today,” the representative of the Greek Cypriot side of CMP, Theophilos Theophilou said.

Theophilou added that the bones would be DNA tested for positive identification.

The finding of a gold tooth on one set of remains was identified by a relative of the missing person.

According to figures released by the CMP, as of September 2013 the number of individual remains received from the CMP anthropological laboratory stood at 994, while investigations and excavations were conducted in 785 burial sites (no human remains were found in 516 sites).

The number of missing persons identified has reached 436 (352 Greek Cypriots and 84 Turkish Cypriots). The number of missing persons waiting for an identification stands at 129. A total of 2,001 people were recorded as missing after the 1974 invasion (1,508 Greek Cypriots and 493 Turkish Cypriots).

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