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Religious leaders in appeal over missing

Officials from the Committee for Missing Persons searching for remains

A joint video appeal by the island’s religious leaders on the missing persons issue is to be released on Friday, it was announced on Wednesday.

According to an announcement of The Office of the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process (RTCYPP) the video appeal will be released at an event in support of the work of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP).

The event, which is being organised by the RTCYPP, will take place Friday evening at Ledra Palace Hotel, in Nicosia’s buffer zone.

“The event will bring together the religious leaders of Cyprus, members of the CMP, family members of missing persons, different associations or organisations for the missing, members of the diplomatic corps and UN representatives, civil society actors, political parties and members of different faith communities in Cyprus,” the announcement said.

President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci made a joint video plea in February for information regarding missing persons, urging anyone that may have any information to come forth even anonymously.

The CMP relies heavily on information given by witnesses from both sides of the divide for information of the whereabouts of graves or other clues that could help trace the remains of people that have been reported as missing since the intercommunal troubles of 1963-4 and the 1974 Turkish invasion.


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