Cyprus Mail

CMP carrying out new excavations for Missing

File photo of CMP members digging for remains

The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) has started two excavations this week to locate remains of Turkish Cypriots missing since 1964 and of Greek Cypriots since 1974, it was reported on Thursday.

According to the Cyprus New Agency (CNA) an excavation started on Thursday in Sysklipos, a military area in Dikomo in the north, to locate the remains of Greek Cypriots missing since 1974. Remains were located in the area previously so it was decided to expand the excavations in hopes of locating more.

A second new excavation started on Monday in an area between the Nicosia suburbs of Strovolos and Lakatamia, after information that the remains of four or five Turkish Cypriots that have been missing since 1964 are located there.

The site is near Apostolos Markos school. The CMP received information that the bodies had been thrown into wells existing in the area, CNA said.

As some of the wells were already sealed at the time, the search will focus on two that were open in 1964.

Another excavation will begin on Monday in Sinta, in the occupied part of the Famagusta.

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