Nicosia, February 10, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has appealed to people to provide any information they may have on the fate of missing persons.
In a post on Facebook, the President said that “time is the worst enemy for the relatives of the missing persons since one by one passes away without knowing what has happened to their loved ones”.
“I appeal to anyone who has any information which could help clarify the fate of even one missing person not to hesitate, but to come forward and provide this information, with complete anonymity”, President Anastasiades added.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Since then, the fate of hundreds of people remains unknown.
A Committee on Missing Persons was established, upon agreement between the leaders of the two communities, with the scope of exhuming, identifying and returning the remains of missing persons to their relatives.