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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-02-09

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    Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot politicians have expressed their support to the work carried out by the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP), the task of which is to locate and identify remains of Greek Cypriots missing since the Turkish invasion in 1974 or Turkish Cypriots missing since the early 1960s, when intercommunal fighting broke out. Leaders and representatives of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties, which participate in the regular bi-communal meetings at the Ledra Palace, under the auspices of the embassy of the Slovak Republic to Cyprus, have visited the facilities of the CMP in the United Nations Protected Area in Nicosia, accompanied by Slovak Ambassador in Nicosia, Anna Turenikova.

    After watching a documentary on the work of CMP, they visited the CMP Anthropological Laboratory, which analyses exhumed remains of missing persons before bone samples are sent to the Cyprus Institute for Neurology and Genetics Laboratory of Forensic Genetics for DNA identification.

    The members of the tripartite CMP, Greek Cypriot Elias Georgiades, Turkish Cypriot Gulden Plumer Kucuk and UN appointed representative Christophe Zirod briefed them about the work of the CMP, asking for the support of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties so as to continue their work unhindered. They also underlined the need to speed up the process of exhumation and identification of remains and referred to the refusal of the Turkish army to allow access to military zones in the northern Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus.

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