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Title Update on the Missing Persons of cyprus from the 1974 Turkish invasion

The paper aims to give up-to-date information on the situation of the Missing Persons of Cyprus from the 1974 illegal Turkish invasion of the island Republic. The humanitarian issue of about 1619 Greek Cypriot Missing Persons and 800 cases of Turkish Cypriot Missing Persons - both military personnel and civilians, including women and children –is still an ongoing problem not only to the Greek-Cypriots, but to the international community. Their whereabouts are unknown ever since. For more than three decades, the Greek and Turkish leaders have met regarding this sensitive issue, which is clear that if a solution to this issue is resolved it would greatly contribute to reconciliation and a possible solution in Cyprus. Following relevant United Nations General Assembly resolutions, a Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) was established in 1981. The humanitarian mandate of the Committee, which operates under the auspices and with the participation of the UN, is to investigate and determine the fate of the Missing Persons in Cyprus. The CMP officially began its program for exhumations and identification of the Missing Persons on 30 June 2005, which includes relying mainly on testimonies gathered over the years. So far, the remains of 126 people from the 1974 Turkish invasion have been identified after exhumations in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus - 76 of these remains belong to Greek-Cypriot and 50 Turkish-Cypriot Missing Persons.

Primary author
Andrea Stylianou