CMP to search ‘dump’

Cyprus Today - - NEWS -

A MIL­LION cu­bic me­tres of meth­ane-gen­er­at­ing rub­bish may have to be ex­ca­vated at the for­mer Dik­men dump fol­low­ing re­ports that dozens of Greek Cypri­ots killed dur­ing the 1974 Turk­ish mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion were re­buried there be­tween 1995 and 1996.

Gülden Plümer Küçük, the Turk­ish Cypriot rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Com­mit­tee on Miss­ing Per­sons in Cyprus (CMP), said a de­tailed search of the site, which was closed and de­com­mis­sioned with EU fund­ing be­tween 2009 and 2012, when the re­place­ment 3.5 mil­lion-euro Güngör landfill was opened, could be nec­es­sary if “eye-wit­nesses” in­for­ma­tion is ver­i­fied.

“But be­cause around one mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of rub­bish is in the old landfill, an ex­ca­va­tion would prob­a­bly be very costly,” said Mrs Kücük, who added that an ex­tra com­pli­ca­tion in any ex­ten­sive search for re­mains was a high con­cen­tra­tion of meth­ane gas emit­ted by the rub­bish.

She said the ini­tial re­port re­mained to be ver­i­fied and that ex­perts in­volved in the Dik­men re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project would be con­sulted about any po­ten­tial ex­ca­va­tion.

The Greek Cypriot CMP rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Nestoras Nestoros, said a Por­tuguese ex­pert who had headed the decommissioning of the dump was to draft a re­port de­tail­ing work car­ried out there at the time.

Ac­cord­ing to South Cyprus me­dia re­ports, wit­nesses have said the re­mains of some 70 Greek Cypri­ots from the vil­lage of Paşaköy, east of Le­fkoşa, who were killed in 1974 were taken to Dik­men for re­burial be­tween 1995 and 1996.

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