Emo­tional scenes as Cypriot po­lit­i­cal party mem­bers pay visit to sites of ‘miss­ing’

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THERE were emo­tional scenes as a group of Turk­ish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot po­lit­i­cal party mem­bers paid a joint visit to sites, on both sides of the bor­der, where the re­mains of “miss­ing per­sons” were found –—in­clud­ing those of 11 Turk­ish Cypri­ots killed in the no­to­ri­ous “miss­ing bus” am­bush.

The trip brought news that the politi­cians want to erect a com­mon mon­u­ment to the “miss­ing” from both com­mu­ni­ties, and to nom­i­nate a date for their com­mem­o­ra­tion.

Wed­nes­day’s visit, staged by the bi­com­mu­nal Miss­ing Per­sons’ and War Vic­tims’ Rel­a­tives Or­gan­i­sa­tion and the Slo­vak Em­bassy which hosts meet­ings in the buf­fer zone be­tween the po­lit­i­cal par­ties, saw the group visit a well near Oroklini, south of the buf­fer zone near Lar­naca, near Pile where 11 Turk­ish Cypri­ots were found 10 years ago — 44 years af­ter the bus car­ry­ing them to work on the Bri­tish base of Dheke­lia was held up. They were among some 40 Turk­ish Cypri­ots mur­dered in reprisals af­ter two Greeks and the son of the then po­lice com­man­der were killed in Gaz­i­mağusa.

The party then went to Mehmetçik, where the bi­com­mu­nal group’s spokesman, jour­nal­ist and “miss­ing per­sons” re­searcher Sevgül Ulu­dağ, said the bod­ies of 17 mur­dered Greek Cypriot vil­lagers were dis­cov­ered in two mass graves.

Slo­vak am­bas­sador Jan Skoda read out a joint state­ment sup­port­ing the work of the Com­mit­tee on Miss­ing Per­sons in Cyprus (CMP), with the aim of eas­ing the pain of af­fected fam­i­lies, and called for any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the fate of the “miss­ing” to come for­ward.

Left, the group dur­ing the visit to Mehmetçik. In­set, Slo­vak en­voy Jan Skoda read­ing out a joint state­ment sup­port­ing the work of the CMP.

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