A delegation from the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) is currently in the UK for a series of meetings with British officials and members of the Cypriot diaspora.
The delegation was received at the Foreign Office on Tuesday.
Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, the Greek Cypriot member of the Committee Nestoras Nestoros said the delegation updated British officials, including a representative of the UK Ministry of Defence, on the work and progress of the CMP. They also referred to the hindrances they have met in executing their mission.
The UK officials extended London’s support for the work of the Committee and offered the assistance of any relevant British public body.
The delegation also held separate meetings on Tuesday with the UK Cypriot MP Bambos Charalambous and the pro-Cypriot north London MP Theresa Villiers. They both demonstrated a vivid interest in the practicalities of the Committee’s work.
“From our part we discussed with them our plan to make the UK Cypriot community more active and involved in our efforts,” Nestoros said.
“There are people in London and elsewhere in the UK of Cypriot descent that have lived through the events that concern us. We are trying therefore, and that is what our visit is about, to locate them. It is clear to us that there are prospects of getting information from the community, without of course forgetting that we need to put pressure on Turkey to contribute to our work,” he added.
For this purpose the CMP members also met on Tuesday with the London based body representing relatives of the Greek Cypriot missing persons. A meeting the respective Turkish Cypriot organisation is to be held during Wednesday.
Through these organisations and also following their own initiatives, the CMP members have arranged to meet with Cypriots living in the UK who may have some valuable information that could lead to establishing details on the whereabouts of missing Cypriots. These meetings will be held in the remaining week, as the delegation returns to Cyprus on Saturday.
The CMP delegation was in Oxford on Monday, where they were allowed to delve into the University’s archives relating to the period 1963-67.
At the same time, the Committee’s expert personnel has been looking into the National Archives in the eponymous organisation’s headquarters in southwest London. This research will carry on until the middle of next week. The Committee experts will then move to London’s War Museum to study its archive.