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Missing burial to be held in north

THE first missing person from the 1974 Turkish invasion to be laid to rest in the occupied areas will be buried on his village of Ayia Triada on Saturday July 12.

Yiannakis Savvas Liasi’s parents are a part of the enclaved community in Ayia Triada and it was their wish that their son – whose remains were identified using DNA analysis – be buried in the village cemetery.

Liasi’s parents also asked for a simple ceremony, with no military band or speeches.

Liasi’s sister, Toula, who has been living in Holland for the last 34 years and works as an artist and art teacher, said through the burial her family will finally find peace. “It’s a great honour for him, to be buried in his village, despite the fact that there will be no military procession,” she said.

Liasi’s remains were found in a mass grave near the village of Klepini in 2010, along with the remains of four others. He was positively identified on May 22, 2014.

“It has been 40 years since my brother went missing. Now he is back, back where he belongs, where he spent his childhood years, laughing, playing, not having a care in the world. This is the only place where he could rest. The only place where one can find eternal peace is his home.”

Liasi was born on May 5, 1953 and attended the Yialousa high school. In 1974 he was a freshman at the Economics Department at Athens University. The last time his family saw him was August 11, when he told them that he was heading for the village of Ayios Epiktitos.

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