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Leaders to visit missing persons lab

The leaders of the two communities agreed on Friday to jointly visit the anthropological laboratory of the Committee on Missing Persons.

The announcement was made after a meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu at the UN protected area of the defunct Nicosia airport.

“The leaders agreed to jointly visit the anthropological laboratory of the Committee on Missing Persons on a date to be agreed in the near future,” UN special representative Lisa Buttenheim said.

The UN official said the two leaders engaged in a discussion on the substance of the negotiations and on methodology, and exchanged views and proposals on confidence building measures and Technical Committees.

They will continue their discussions at the next meeting on Monday.

The CMP is tasked with determining the fates of 2,001 people – 1,508 Greek Cypriots and 493 Turkish Cypriots – missing since the inter-communal strife in the 60s and the Turkish invasion in 1974.

Excavations and exhumations on both sides of the island started in 2006.

So far, the remains of 396 Greek Cypriots and 125 Turkish Cypriots have been identified and returned to their families.

The CMP employs a bi-communal forensic team of more than 60 Cypriot archeologists, anthropologists and geneticists, who conduct excavations throughout the island and anthropological and genetic analyses of remains at the CMP Anthropological Laboratory.

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