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EXHUMATION OF REMAINS IN GREECE



EXHUMATIONS OF REMAINS IN GREECE

In the period 1979-1981 a number of exhumations of remains from graves of known and unknown Greek citizens were carried out from the cemeteries of Lakatamia and St Constantine and Helens’ in Nicosia.   The burial of the bodies of Greek citizens, who lost their lives during the Turkish invasion, were buried in the above cemeteries in July and August 1974.  The exhumations were carried out by non professionals and without the application of scientific methodologies and practices.

Approximately 40 remains that were exhumed during that period were released to Greek families as belonging to their loved ones.  The rest of the exhumed remains were put in an ossuary, which was specially constructed in the area of Tymvos Makedonitissas.   In the following years these remains were subjected to chemical spraying and as a result, despite the efforts in Cyprus and abroad, it has not been possible yet to extract sufficient and good quality DNA that is necessary for their identification.

In the framework of the Republic of Cyprus programme of exhumations, in cooperation with the Greek Government and the families concerned, a number of exhumations took place in different parts of Greece.  The purpose of the exhumations was the return of the remains released to the Greek families in the period 1979-81, for scientific analyses, so to establish their identity with scientific certainty. 

On the basis of the DNA analyses, carried out on the returned remains, nearly all that were examined it was established that did not belong to the families to whom they were released in the period 1979-81.  

To complete the process of returning the remains from Greece to Cyprus is necessary to return the remains still in the custody of seven Greek families who live in different parts of Greece...PLEASE SEE BELOW THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION


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