Turkish Cypriot member of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP), Gulden Plumer Kucuk, announced on Thursday she was stepping down since her contract would not be renewed after it expires at the end of this year.
Kucuk, who has held the post since 2006 when she was appointed by then Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, said in a written statement that she was stepping down after learning that her contract would not be renewed.
She said she was leaving her post feeling certain she had done her duty to serve her country and the missing persons’ families based on principles and international scientific standards.
She added that from 2006 to date, the remains of around half of the missing persons in Cyprus had been located and the committee, in which a Turkish Cypriot member, a Greek Cypriot member and a UN representative have equal representation, has worked to provide answers to relatives of the missing who have been waiting for half a century.
The CMP has won the respect of the scientific, international community, she added.
Kucuk thanked the three Turkish Cypriot leaders she had worked with, Talat, Dervis Eroglu and Mustafa Akinci and the organised groups of Turkish Cypriot relatives of missing persons and those who helped her perform her duties all these years. She also wished best of luck to whoever will be appointed by the new Turkish Cypriot leader, Ersin Tatar.