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Turkey’s attitude on missing persons ‘criminal and inhuman’, Photiou says

Turkey’s attitude on the humanitarian issue of missing persons is criminal and inhuman, Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has said, adding that the international community had failed to exert pressure on Ankara.

Photiou was speaking at a funeral for Second Lieutenant Christodoulos Hadjichristodoulou of Georgios, who was until recently listed as a missing person.

“Turkey`s responsibilities for creating and maintaining for almost half a century the tragic issue of missing persons are enormous but also inhumane,” he said, adding that efforts to resolve the problem had reached a critical point.

“There are approximately 850 families who are awaiting answers for the fate of their loved ones,” he said.

“Turkey’s actions are both inhuman and criminal because Ankara still refuses to cooperate on a humanitarian issue, because the issue of missing persons is not a political issue but a problem affecting human lives”.

He said that it was a shame that the international community had failed to persuade and exert pressure on Turkey to cooperate.

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