The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) launched a new excavation last Monday, in Strovolos, Nicosia, in search for the remains of four to five Turkish Cypriots who went missing in 1964.
The Cyprus News Agency (CNA) has learned that CMP has information that their corpses were thrown in wells. Air photos of the region examined by CMP experts, have shown that two of the wells at that site were open during that period
CMP is currently also carrying out excavations in the occupied areas of the island, looking for the remains of Greek Cypriots who went missing in 1974.
More specifically, excavations are carried out in a military area in Dikomo, in Sysklipos (the excavation began today) and in a military area in Voni. Remains of Greek Cypriot missing persons were discovered in the past in Sysklipos.
An excavation will also begin next Monday in Sinti village while an excavation in Ayios Ermolaos wrapped up on Wednesday.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Since then, the fate of hundreds of people remains unknown.
A Committee on Missing Persons has been 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.