Turkey’s refuses to provide information on missing persons, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Sunday, adding that Ankara had tried to cover up its war crimes by moving remains to hamper the work of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP).
“We will insist and continue our efforts,” he said atam event for missing persons.
Anastasiades also expressed his determination to try to end the Turkish occupation. “Our goal and aim is to create a state that fully and completely abides by the principles and values of the UN and the EU, in which Cyprus is a full member,” he said.
He also noted that although he has made it very clear to the UN Secretary-General that the Greek Cypriot side was ready to return to the dialogue for a settlement, at the same time he has set the Greek Cypriot side`s limits and “outlined the conditions under which we could be hopeful about a new Conference on Cyprus.”
He said good preparation was needed. “We need to finally know the positions and not wait until the last moment to see that Turkey`s intransigence remains unchanged,” he added.
He also expressed hope that those who could influence Turkey would realise that peace and stability in the region also depended on their interventions and encouragement.
According to data posted on the CMP website, the remains of 637 Greek Cypriot missing persons and 210 Turkish Cypriot missing persons were identified and returned to their families until November, 30, 2017. A total of 873 Greek Cypriots and 282 Turkish Cypriots are still missing.