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CMP member says Assia must be excavated 

File photo: CMP forensic experts

THE Greek Cypriot member on the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) submitted on Thursday to the body a document regarding a possible site of relocation of the remains of a number Greek Cypriot missing persons.

Nestoras Nestoros, the Greek Cypriot representative on the CMP, told the Cyprus News Agency that the Greek Cypriot side asked to proceed with an excavation in the area in Turkish-occupied Assia, where according to information given to daily Politis there might be a site of reburial of remains of Greek Cypriot missing persons.

“Our position is that the site has to be excavated,” Nestoros said, adding that the Greek Cypriot side has asked the CMP to decide upon the handling of the issue as soon as possible.

As a result of the Turkish invasion in 1974, 1,619 Greek Cypriots were listed as missing, most of whom soldiers or reservists, captured on the battlefields. The number was later recalculated at 1,474.

The CMP was established with the remit of exhuming, identifying and returning the remains of missing persons to their relatives. According to the CMP, the total number of identifications has reached 625, 476 of whom were Greek Cypriots and 149 Turkish Cypriots.

The CMP’s list includes a total of 77 Greek missing persons, 73 of whom had gone missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion and four of them in the period 1963-1967. The remains of 14 of the 77 have already been identified through DNA testing. CNA


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