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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-10-15

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    More than 60 new identifications of remains of missing persons in Cyprus are expected to be announced early next year, Christophe Girod, the third member of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) has told CNA. He explained that the identifications are part of the continuing work forensic experts from the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities are involved in the Project on the Exhumation, Identification and Return of Remains of Missing Persons. The House Committee on Missing Persons visited today the CMP Anthropological laboratory, located in the UN buffer zone, and the Laboratory of Forensic Genetics of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING) where DNA identifications of samples of skeletal remains take place.

    Girod briefed the members of the Committee about the project, underlining the importance of the fact that Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot experts have undertaken this task. We started the project on the exhumation, identification and return of remains of missing persons two years ago. We have exhumed 450 bodies so far. We have identified 105 (76 Greek Cypriots and 29 Turkish Cypriots) and we have returned them to their families, he said and noted that this is a good start. Girod expressed hope that the Committee will be able to keep or even to increase the number of identifications.

    Now we have created expectations among the families, rightly so and they expect us to do more and we will try to live up to their expectations and to identify more people in the coming months, he pointed out. Replying to questions, Girod said the two sides are fully cooperative, they are fully supportive, politically, financially and their commitment is to date unabated. We expect over 60 new identifications between the end of the year and the beginning of next year. We will have the first identifications before the end of the year but I cannot tell exactly when, he added.

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