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President Anastasiades: Fate of missing persons a humanitarian issue

File photo: CMP team at work searching for remains

Speaking at an event at the Presidential Palace to commemorate the Day of Missing Persons, President Anastasiades said that the government and all political parties are united in determining the fate of missing persons.

He added that the Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, the Greek Cypriot member of the Committee on Missing Persons and the relatives of missing persons are coordinating action in order to bring about concrete results.

All governments have contributed significantly in order to determine the fate of those missing since 1974, the President acknowledged.

He added that after 43 years, Turkey remains intransigent and inhuman and continues to violate human rights, while disregarding the relevant judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and UN resolutions.

Moreover, he added that Turkey still conceals the locations where the missing have been buried and prevents investigations.

“The mass transfer [of remains] is nothing but the proof of the continuation of a crime that continues from 1974 until today” the President underlined.

He assured the relatives of missing persons that both the government and the political parties will continue to exert their efforts on this issue.

Addressing the same event, Presidential Commissioner Fotis Fotiou said that the Greek Cypriot side will never succumb to difficulties in order to fulfill its duty towards missing persons and their relatives.

This problem remains unresolved after 43 years, he said while acknowledging the pain and suffering of the families.

Fotiou noted finally that “this horrific war crime committed by Turkey in 1974” poses a challenge to civilized humanity and expressed his full support to the organizations of the relatives.

Nikos Serghides, the President of the Committee of Relatives of Missing Persons also addressed the event, noting that the problem will be solved only with Turkey’s sincere cooperation.

CNA

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