TC hero to be laid to rest near his place of death

Cyprus Today - - NEWS -

THE re­mains of a Turk­ish Cypriot hero will be laid to rest close to where he died try­ing to pro­tect fel­low Küçük Kay­maklı vil­lagers dur­ing the “Bloody Christ­mas” in­ter­com­mu­nal vi­o­lence of 1963.

The bones of Hüseyin Ruso, who was 28 when he was killed, were for­mally iden­ti­fied through DNA anal­y­sis fol­low­ing their dis­cov­ery, along with those of other mar­tyrs, when a mass grave at Tekke Bahçesi was ex­humed last year. All had been killed by Greek Cypriot gun­men.

Mr Ruso, a tal­ented ath­lete who played foot­ball for the Küçük Kay­maklı team, was born in the area on Oc­to­ber 11, 1935. In hon­our of his sport­ing achieve­ments, a school and sta­dium in Le­fkoşa were named af­ter him.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Ku­dret Öz­er­say told a BRT tele­vi­sion au­di­ence on Mon­day night that it was hoped his re­mains would fi­nally be laid to rest, as his fam­ily wished, close to a mon­u­ment to the “miss­ing”. It was cur­rently lo­cated in a mil­i­tary area, but min­is­ters now aim to re­move it from mil­i­tary con­trol to cre­ate a mar­tyrs’ ceme­tery.

“I am a child of a mar­tyr so I un­der­stand the feel­ings of the Ruso fam­ily,” said Dr Öz­er­say, adding: “As other mar­tyrs are iden­ti­fied, they will join [Mr Ruso] there.”

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