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CMP might not have remains to identify in 2017, Photiou says

The CMP lab in Nicosia

Turkey’s policy in not being forthcoming in handing over information on missing persons means that by next year, the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) lab might not have any remains for identification, Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs Photis Photiou said on Saturday.

Speaking in Nicosia at the burial of the remains of Yiannis Petrides, who went missing during the 1974 Turkish invasion, and whose remains were identified through DNA, Photiou said finding remains of Greek Cypriots missing persons was dramatically decreasing from year to year, noting that around 1,000 people were still unaccounted for.

He also said there was a possibility that in 2017 the CMP laboratory might not have any remains of Greek Cypriot missing for identification purposes.

The situation was “very hard and tragic”, Photiou said.

On the Cyprus problem, he said Turkey should take the decisions that are necessary for its resolution, adding that “our aim is to end the occupation and reunite our island and implement for all, human rights and fundamental freedoms”.


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