Turkey ‘slowing down’ excavation process

The Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues and Overseas Cypriots Fotis Fotiou has accused Turkey of dragging its feet over the search and excavation of missing Greek Cypriot remains in the north of the island.

Speaking during an event on this week, he said that the number of missing Greek Cypriot remains, located in the north of the island, had "reduced significantly" before warning that the Committee of Missing Persons (CMP) anthropological laboratory could close by next if Greek Cypriot remains continued to come in at such a sluggish pace.

He added that "there are still 1,025 Greek Cypriots missing out of the registered 1,508"

Fotiou said that despite government efforts, Turkey refuses to cooperate to solve this humanitarian issue, which "Ankara itself has created", causing pain and suffering to thousands of families. He also accused Ankara of continuing to defy a European Court of Human Rights ruling and the provisions of the Council of Europe's resolutions.

The CMP was established, upon agreement between the leaders of the two communities, with the scope of exhuming, identifying and returning the remains of missing persons to their relatives.

Source: In-Cyprus