By Stefanos Evripidou
THE AMBASSADOR of Kuwait on Friday delivered a €200,000 cheque on behalf of his country to the Cypriot government as a contribution to the work of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP).
Ahmad Salem Ahmad Al-Wehaib handed the cheque to President Nicos Anastasiades during a special ceremony at the presidential palace.
Kuwait’s intention to contribute to the CMP was first announced during the president’s official visit to the Gulf state last October.
Speaking at the ceremony, Anastasiades expressed his government’s “sincere gratitude and deep appreciation” to the government and Emir of Kuwait.
The financial contribution is a reflection of the historically excellent relations between the two countries but also of the common suffering of their people.
“Both Cyprus and Kuwait have been victims of invasion; regrettably Cyprus remains a victim of continued occupation. Moreover, both Cyprus and Kuwait have missing persons, and therefore Kuwait is particularly sensitive on this humanitarian issue and demonstrates this by assisting Cyprus at this difficult time,” Anastasiades said.
The president said the overarching objective remains to provide answers to the families of missing persons that have endured immense suffering all these years.
“It is high time for all parties that can contribute decisively to speed up the work of the Committee, such as by providing access to military sites, to implement the dictates of international humanitarian law.”
The Kuwaiti ambassador said the donation aimed to support the efforts of exhumation, identification and return of the remains of missing persons to their families and is in line with Kuwait’s policy to support the efforts for finding a just solution to the Cyprus problem.
“It is Kuwait’s firm belief that by supporting this humanitarian goal and alleviating the pain of thousands of Cypriot families, who have for decades endured the pain of uncertainty over the fate of their loved ones, the goal of reunification of the island is supported,” he said.