President Akinci said that recent information about the possible remains of 100 missing Greek Cypriots allegedly buried in Paşaköy/Assia would be carefully examined.
In a written statement Akinci said: “I have already spoken with the Turkish Cypriot member of the CMP regarding this matter.”
Greek Cypriot daily Politis received a tip off that there were over 100 bodies lying near Paşaköy/Assia in the Famagusta region, where the remains of missing Greek Cypriots were exhumed and buried in the early 1990s.
He reminded everyone that as community leader “and as a human being” he was continued to support the call he made with President Anastasiades for any information on missing persons.
“I once again would like to emphasise that I would like all necessary action to be taken as rapidly as possible so that all missing persons, regardless of whether they are Greek or Turkish Cypriot, are found and the pain of their relatives is relieved at least to some extent,” said Akinci.
The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) has said that the remains of 80 out of 104 missing persons have been identified. The search in the Paşaköy area for the others continues.
If confirmed, the CMP has said, this would corroborate the suspicion that the bones moved did not only come from persons missing in the Paşaköy area.
“It is certain that the information that came to the agenda lately regarding the 100 missing Greek Cypriots, who were allegedly buried in Paşaköy (Assia) and were later replaced, will be carefully evaluated,” Akinci said.
“The issue of missing persons is our common pain. As we stated in our common call as the two leaders, over the years the number of both the relatives of the missing persons and the people who might have been witnesses, decreases. Therefore, the information pursuant to our call should be evaluated rapidly and seriously. There is no doubt that the Committee on CMP maintains its works with utmost sensitivity within the framework of their established rules,” he added.