Call on Turkey to Open Missing Persons Files
President Demetris Christofias has called on Turkey to open Army and other services files to help find missing persons who vanished during the conflicts in 1974.
Speaking on the occasion of Missing Persons Day, Christofias expressed his sympathy to the families of the missing and reiterated the government's support for the work done by the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus to find and exhume the remains of missing persons.
Since the start of its exhumation project in August 2006, the CMP has retrieved skeletal remains belonging to more than 690 persons. The remains of 259 missing Greek-and-Turkish Cypriots have been identified and returned to their families for burial.
It is estimated that there are 1400 - 1600 missing Greek-and-Turkish Cypriots who were victims of violence during the 1960's and 1974.