Newly appointed Head of Humanitarian Affairs for missing and enclaved meets MPs, CNA 27/06/2023
Newly appointed Head of Humanitarian Affairs for the missing persons and the enclaved Anna Aristotelous met on Tuesday with the members of the parliamentary Committee on refugees, enclaved, missing and adversely affected persons with whom she mainly discussed issues related to the identification of missing persons.
Aristotelous was previously Director of the Prisons Department. In statements following the meeting she said that she fully understands the issues regarding the fate of the missing persons and the living conditions of the enclaved, adding that these issues are very sensitive and assured the MPs that they are among the priorities of the government.
She said that these are issues of national interest and common effort is needed for their management by both the government and the parliamentary parties.
Aristotelous said it was an honor to be appointed by the President and that they will draft an action plan about all the issues that are under the umbrella of her department. She said that on Wednesday she will visit Rizokarpaso so that she can see the problems first hand.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Since then, the fate of hundreds of people remains unknown.
Around 20,000 Greek-Cypriots and Maronites chose not to leave their homes despite the Turkish occupation. Most of those who remained, mainly on the Karpasia Peninsula, were gradually forced to abandon the area. The number of Greek-Cypriots and Maronites, called enclaved, currently living in the area has plummeted to 300 persons.