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Turkey must allow CMP access to military areas-Fotiou

The exhumation programme of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) is facing problems due to Turkey’s refusal to allow access to military areas in the occupied areas, Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues Fotis Fotiou has said.

Speaking on Sunday, Fotiou said the programme faced serious serious problems that could only be resolved by Turkey, which has to allow access to military zones in Cyprus’ northern Turkish occupied areas. Fotiou said the Turkish army should also provide any information it has on the matter.

Turkey’s behaviour constitutes a provocation to humanity as it relates to the universal values of human life and dignity, he said.

Some 2,000 people – 1,508 Greek Cypriots and 493 Turkish Cypriots – were reported missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion and intercommuncal strife in the 1960s.

The CMP has located the remains on 969 people and has identified 451 missing Greek Cypriots and 144 Turkish Cypriots.

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 analyses of remains.


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