NICOSIA -Greek Cypriot Member of the Committee on Missing Persons(CMP) Theophilos Theophilou has called on all those who know or have information about the burial sites of missing persons, Turkish Cypriot or Greek Cypriot missing to give them to the Committee.
In statements to CNA on the occasion of the “Missing Persons Day” declared by the House of Representatives for October 29, he said that “the issue of missing persons is the most tragic aspect of the drama which the people of Cyprus have to live with, for decades.
“The issue of missing persons and the drama of their relatives is at the same time an open wound for all the Cypriot society which includes both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots”, he added.
He said that “providing this information will facilitate our efforts to establish the fate of Turkish Cypriot missing persons and at the same time, it will help our efforts to establish the fate of many Greek Cypriot missing persons”.
As he said, “the time limits for the investigation of the fate of all missing persons have been narrowed and are being exhausted. We have to open the burial sites now in order to close the wounds”.
“I expect, from all those who can contribute to this goal by providing information and evidence to fulfill their moral, humanitarian and patriotic duty”, he concluded.
According to the statistical figures released from CMP for September 2013, the number of individual remains received from the CMP anthropological laboratory stands at 994, while investigations and excavations conducted in 785 burial sites (no human remains were found In 516 sites).
The number of missing persons identified reached 436 (352 Greek Cypriots and 84 Turkish Cypriots). The number of missing persons waiting for an identification stands at 129.
President of the Parliamentary Committee on Refugees-Enclaved-Missing-Adversely Affected Persons Skevi Koukouma said in a statement that the drama of the missing persons will not be solved, if the occupying power, Turkey does not decide to cooperate by providing all information it has on the fate of the missing persons.
She also said that the CMP support is of tremendous importance.