Addressing the humanitarian consequences of the Turkish invasion is an imperative, President Nikos Christodoulides said.

Speaking at a commemoration event in Voroklini on Tuesday, Christodoulides said that the drama of the missing persons and their families constitutes the most tragic aspect of 1974.

The president assured attendees that the state is working diligently to address the issue.

“It is the duty of the state, local government, and each individual to recognise and honour in any way those who contributed to their homeland defended its freedom,” the president said.

Uncertainty about the fate of people in times of war is a universal issue for all states experiencing the horrors of war and armed conflict, he noted.

“Fifty years later the drama of the missing persons and their families remains the most tragic aspect of the summer of 1974,” he said, adding that the office of the Head of the missing persons committee (CMP), engage in tireless efforts towards resolution, management, and achievement of practical solutions.

“We feel the utmost responsibility towards the duty entrusted to us by the Cypriot people, and we work honestly and substantially to address the consequences [and] the humanitarian issues brought about by the Turkish invasion and the ongoing occupation,” Christodoulides said.