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EXHUMATION OF REMAINS FROM A BURIAL SITE IN THE CEMETERY OF ST CONSTANTINE AND HELENS CONCERNING THE MEMBERS OF THE CREW OF THE GUNBOAT “PHAETHON”



FAETHON GUNBOAT

In August 1964 the gunboat “PHAETHON” was bombed and destroyed by the Turkish military air force in Xeros harbor.  As a result of the bombing six Greek sailors, members of the crew as well as a Greek Cypriot lost their lives.  A number of other members of the crew as well as the captain of the gunboat Mr Mitsatsos were injured. Due to the prevailing situation the dead bodies of the crew were transferred to Nicosia and buried in the cemetery of St Constantine and Helens without the presence of their families.   Ever since, the Republic of Cyprus was the recipient of requests from the families in Greece for the exhumation and identification of the remains with DNA, so they can be returned for a proper and decent burial in Greece.

The Council of Ministers taking into account the requests of the families as well as their humanitarian character but also the national duty and responsibilities towards the heroes and their families, decided the exhumation and the identification of remains with DNA, which were buried in 1964 in the cemetery of St Constantine and Helens.

The exhumation of the remains was carried out by Cypriot scientists and the anthropological examinations by the Greek anthropologist Dr Constantine Eliopoulos.  The DNA analyses were carried out by a team of geneticists of the Institute of Neurologist and Genetics of Cyprus headed by professor Dr Marios Cariolou... PLEASE SEE BELOW THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION


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