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Five Greek-Cypriot Prisoners of War Confirmed Dead

The United Nations Committee of Missing Persons (CMP) has confirmed that the remains of five Greek-Cypriot prisoners of war have been found in a well in the Turkish-occupied areas, prompting calls for Turkey to answer to the European Court of Human Rights for war crimes.

The soldiers served in the National Guard's 398th Infantry Battalion and were captured by Turkish troops. They were photographed kneeling with their hands tied behind their heads at the time they were taken prisoner during the 1974 invasion of Cyprus by Turkey. The remains of the five soldiers, named as Antonakis Korelli, Panayiotis Nikolaou, Yiannis Papayianni, Christoforos Skordi and Filippos Chatzikiriakou, were found in Turkish-occupied Tzaios with the remains of another 15 people who have not yet been identified.

Around 1,500 Greek Cypriots and 500 Turkish Cypriots are officially registered as missing persons in Cyprus since the war. The United Nations' Committee of Missing Persons (CMP), established in 1981, has been tasked with overseeing exhumations of suspected mass graves, debriefing witnesses and exchanging information between the two sides.

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