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CMP to launch new excavation in Assia

File photo: CMP forensic experts

The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) will launch a new excavation on Tuesday in Assia village in the north of the island to locate the remains of two Greek Cypriot soldiers missing since 1974, who according to information by the Turkish Cypriot side were buried there.

CNA has learned that the excavation will take place outside a military camp. In the past an excavation took place at a nearby area after information that Greek Cypriot soldiers were buried there. However, nothing was discovered.

Excavations are also underway in six other sites: one in Lefkoniko where the CMP is seeking the remains of Greek Cypriots missing since 1974, one in Hamit Mantres village, where they are looking for a mass burial site of Greek Cypriots near Trachonas village where two mass burial sites were discovered in the past, and in Yerani, where they are looking for a Greek Cypriot who went missing in 1974.

Excavations are also being carried out in Sysklipos and Famagusta looking for the remains of Greek Cypriots missing since 1974 and in Strovolos, Nicosia where they are seeking the remains of four to five Turkish Cypriots who went missing in 1964.

CNA learned that due to the continuous rainfall, the CMP teams working at the excavation sites have faced difficulties during the last two weeks because of the excess quantity of water and mud. The CMP is expected to ask for the assistance of the fire service to pump out water from the excavation site in Strovolos.

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