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CMP hopes Cyprus File will be of use in finding Missing

Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou

The CMP hopes to be able to use information in the Cyprus File to find missing persons, Greek Cypriot representative to the group Nestoras Nestoros said, after receiving the first four volumes on Monday from parliament head Demetris Syllouris.

The file was also given to Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou, the Pancyprian Association of Prisoner of 1974, the Pancyprian Federation of Reserve Officers, the Reserve Commandos Association, the Artillery Association, the Committee of Resistance Fighters and the Eoka Fighters Association.

The Cyprus File which, once published in its entirety, is expected to be over 30 volumes contains evidence and other material collected by the House of Representatives and the Hellenic Parliament regarding the events that shook the island in 1974.

Syllouris urged the representatives of all the organisations present to give the parliament any other evidence or archives or even different recollections about specific events they may have.

“Much of what is recorded is evidence given by people which may be subjective or objective,” he said, adding that it was up to all individually to evaluate it.

Referring to the missing persons, Syllouris said that it was not certain new evidence would come to light, and there was a lot of material to go through.

CMP Greek Cypriot member Nestoras Nestoros said the material would be reviewed together with the material the CMP already has digitised in combination with revisiting available information.

Photiou spoke of the significance of this material, emphasising that it was imperative everyone and especially the younger generation know what happened in Cyprus so that great, catastrophic mistakes of the past are not repeated.

On behalf of the Pancyprian Federation of Reserve Officers Kypros Manoulos said that many of the federation’s members perished in the battlegrounds in 1974 and that the federation seeks answers as to why the help they were waiting for never came.


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