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Another search for mass grave begins

18 August 2015

Work has begun in Kızılay (Trachonas) by the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) to locate a mass grave, believed to contain the remains of Greek Cypriots, who went missing in 1974.

Kızılay is a small village in the suburbs of North Nicosia, located in the region occupied by the Turkish military.

Nestoras Nestoros, the Greek Cypriot member of CMP, told the Cyprus News Agency that success results of excavation on this site have been very low and that this was the twelve attempt to find human remains.

He noted, however, that the information received about the area raises hopes that the new effort will be more successful.

In May, Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues and Overseas Cypriots Photis Photiou said that progress has been made in the missing persons’ issue, however he added that there is a great number of cases of missing persons which have not been examined yet and that there have been serious problems which need to be overcome.

The Commissioner called on Turkey to cooperate, to allow excavations in the military zones in North Cyprus and provide access to archives of the Turkish army.

Famagusta Gazette

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