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Remains of 1,192 missing persons exhumed

The remains of 1,192 missing persons in divided Cyprus were exhumed by the end of 2016, Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has told an anti-occupation gathering organized by displaced Assia residents.

“A total of 105 persons on the list of missing persons went missing in Assia (during the 1974 Turkish invasion), 75 of whom were residents of Assia and of 30 other nearby villages,” Photiou also said.

Photiou then referred to the suffering of the families of missing persons describing it as inhumane.

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“This tragic situation which causes so much pain and anxiety to thousands of our compatriots is not only unacceptable, but is inhumane and a provocation to civilization,” he said.

After 12 years of the DNA method of identification by the Committee on Missing Persons almost two thirds of the registered Greek Cypriot and Greek missing persons are still missing, he also said.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

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