BY THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSIONER
The most hurting and painful wound of the Turkish invasion and the continuous occupation of part of our country is the tragedy of the missing persons and their families. A tragedy that, unfortunately, continues until today causing day by day pain and agony to the families of the missing, who wait for nearly half a century to be informed about the fate of their loved ones.
There are also families of missing persons from the period of 1963-67, who are still waiting for answers about the fate of their loved ones for more than half a century.
The cases of missing persons refer to children, women, old people but also to military personnel, Greek Cypriots and Greeks, who disappeared in the battlefields defending the freedom and the territorial integrity of our country.
The solution of the tragedy of the missing persons was and still is of utmost priority for the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr Nicos Anastasiades, his Government as well as the previous Governments and for the whole of Hellenism.
The Office of the Presidential Commissioner together with all relevant services of the state, the House of Parliament and in cooperation with the organizations of the families of the missing exert and continue to exert every possible effort in Cyprus and abroad for the termination of the tragedy and the relief of the families, who lost loved ones.
Unfortunately, despite the efforts of all of us, has not been possible until today to bend the Turkish intransigence and the inhuman behavior and attitude of the occupying force to the efforts for the solution, even of the humanitarian aspect of the tragedy of the missing.
As it is known the occupying power with contempt and arrogance, refuses to implement, as her obligations, the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights of 2001 and 2014. Moreover, ignores the appeals of the families, as well as of the international organizations to provide the necessary elements and information on the basis of which to establish the fate of the missing so to end the agony that the families go through day by day. The inhuman position of the occupying power is clearly expressed by her refusal to show the mass burial places, which were created by the Turkish army from the collection of the bodies from the battlefields, her refusal to provide the information that exists in the archives of the Turkish army, and still worst, her refusal to submit the information about the new burial sites where the remains that were intentionally removed by the Turkish army from the original places of burial, have been reburied. The same refusal characterizes the behavior of the occupying power concerning the so called military zones where stubbornly and unjustifiably prevent and put obstacles to carry out exhumations and investigations.
The problems created by the continuous negative position and policies of the occupying power are many and serious. At the same time, it is tragic that without the cooperation of the occupying power it cannot but also not expected to achieve progress in the efforts to solve the tragedy of the missing persons.
The families of the missing persons are disappointed by the fact that the international community ignores the inhuman and unacceptable behavior of Turkey at their expense. The families of the missing consider that it is high time the civilized humanity to demand from the occupying power to behave at last according to the norms and values of the civilized humanity.
The long suffering families of the missing pray and expect from the international and European organizations to assist the efforts for the restoration and respect of their human rights and the human rights of their missing relatives so to end the tragedy that go through for so many decades.
On our part irrespective of the problems, which are created by the unacceptable negative policies of Turkey, we declare that we will continue despite the obstacles the struggle for the determination of the fate of all missing persons Greek Cypriots, Greeks or Turkish Cypriots. Our policy is based and guided by universal values and norms and is consistent with the principles and values of human rights and international legality. To this effort, we appeal for your support and solidarity in a common noble struggle to end the tragedy that the families of the missing go through. In case you are aware of any information or you are in a position to know other persons, who can assist and help our humanitarian efforts, we kindly ask you to contact us. We assure you that our communication will be treated strictly confidential. Your human and humanitarian response will be appreciated and valued by all of us especially by the long suffering families of all the missing.
The telephones for contacting us are
Office of Presidential Commissioner - 22400102
Service of Missing Persons - 22400160