In the past ten years, 558 Greek Cypriots and 184 Turkish Cypriots missing were identified and their remains returned to their families. For their families, the wait is over. These persons have now been buried and their graves bear their names. For their loved ones, the pain has now turned to mourning. For the remaining 950 Greek Cypriots and 309 Turkish Cypriots missing, the wounds remain open. They are still unaccounted for. And time is running out.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the programme of excavation and exhumation across the island to recover the remains of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots who have been missing since the inter-communal fighting of 1963 to 1964 and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. The grim task has been undertaken by the Committee on Missing Persons.
"It's been going on for so long, its such a toxic and painful
Source: Cyprus News Agency