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Two Greek Cypriot Missing identified with DNA testing

Scientists studying the remains of missing persons

Two Greek Cypriots missing from the 1974 Turkish invasion have been identified using DNA testing since the beginning of the year, the Committee of Missing Persons said on Monday.

However, according to reports, excavations that have been carried out since the beginning of the year have yielded no results.

On Monday excavations began at two new sites in Kythrea village in the north.

One of the excavations deals with information about Greek Cypriot soldiers who went missing in 1974, while the second one concerns information which does not refer to specific cases. Reports said it may probably concern civilians who went missing during the Turkish invasion.

Excavations are currently underway for Greek Cypriots who went missing in 1974, in the villages of Gerani, Sysklipos, Hamit Mantres and Assia (military zone) and for Turkish Cypriots who went missing in 1964 in Strovolos.

According to data provided on the CMP website, the total number of missing persons is 2,002 of which 1,510 Greek Cypriots and 492 Turkish Cypriots.

The remains of 681 Greek Cypriots and 246 Turkish Cypriots were identified until January 31, 2019, while 829 Greek Cypriots and 246 Turkish Cypriots are still missing.

 

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