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Excavations for missing in Kyrenia scrap yard

Excavations in Agios Georgios, Kyrenia in were underway on Monday following a report by an Argentinian scientist to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP).
Nestoras Nestoros, the Greek Cypriot member of the CMP said the scientist visited the island for a week in September following a committee invitation where he used a ground penetrating radar in nine areas in the occupied north.
The equipment uses radar pulses to image the subsurface and after his research, recommended eight of the nine locations should be excavated for remains of the missing.
Monday’s excavations were in a car scrap yard. Next on the list are the botanical garden in Kyrenia and sites in Trikomo and Kionelli.
“The scientist prepared a report where he recommended the areas and the scope of the excavations. He has pinpointed more specific locations,” Nestoros said.
The scientist was invited as part of the CMP’s cooperation with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team. The CMP covered his travel and accommodation costs while he was in Cyprus.
So far, the remains of 614 Turkish and Greek Cypriot missing from the inter-communal troubles of the 1960s and the Turkish invasion of 1974 have been identified and returned to their families for burial.

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