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Excavation for missing underway in Nicosia

Committee on Missing Persons continues in Strovolos, other sites north and south

Newsroom / CNA

More excavations are underway for the search of missing Cypriots who went missing during the ethnic conflict on the island half a century ago.

According to Cyprus News Agency (CNA), a new excavation was launched earlier this week in Strovolos, south Nicosia, in search for the remains of Turkish Cypriots who went missing in 1964.

The project is overseen by the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP), where a team of experts are carefully going through any evidence they have, including aerial photos, in an effort to locate four to five bodies that were thrown in wells.

An excavation will also begin next week in Sinti village, Paphos district, while another project in Ayios Ermolaos in the north was also completed recently. Ongoing projects are taking place on both sides of the island, including a search for missing Greek Cypriots during the military conflict in 1974.

CMP has been established through a high-level agreement between the two communities, with the scope of exhuming, identifying and returning the remains of missing persons to their relatives.

Cyprus has been divided by ethnic conflict for over half a century. It was further divided in July 1974 when Turkey intervened by invading the northern third part of the island, several days following a short-lived military coup engineered by Athens.

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