The Turkish Cypriot side’s contributions to and cooperation with the work of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) are not reflected or acknowledged in the decisions of the Council of Europe’s Ministers’ Committee, Turkish Cypriot Member of the CMP, Gülden Plümer Küçük, has stated.
Gülden Plümer Küçük was speaking regarding the decision of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in relation to unhindered access to military zones in the northern part of Cyprus.
Küçük stated that the decision had some deficiencies because the contributions of the Turkish Cypriot side are not reflected in the decisions of the Committee of the Ministers for political reasons. Küçük emphasised that the cooperation of all parties is necessary for the effective working of the Committee.
The Committee on Missing Persons has served many Turkish and Greek Cypriot families of missing persons with its project involving the excavation, identification, and the return of remains, which the Committee has carried out since 2006, she noted.
Within the framework of the works of the CMP, 56 excavation permits have been granted in the military zone in the TRNC since 2006. Thirty of these permits were granted in the last three years.
During the course of its work, the Committee has found 1215 missing persons out of 2002 and identified 876 of them. As of 31 May 2018, 664 Greek Cypriot and 212 Turkish Cypriot missing persons were identified. Out of those declared missing, 846 Greek Cypriots and 280 Turkish Cypriots are yet to be found.
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