Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, October 12, 2007

European Parliament representative works on missing person issues in Cyprus

European parliamentarian Ewa Klamt plans to report to the European Parliament on her experience in Cyprus working with the families of Greek Cypriot missing persons, the Cyprus Embassy in Washington, D.C. reported on Thursday.

The missing persons in question became prisoners of the Turkish military during Turkey’s 1974 invasion of Cyprus; their bodies remain both lost and unidentified.

“Behind each number, there is a family, a name, a friend, it is still very hard for the families, as identification and return of remains opens up wounds again for them. I am very grateful to the families who have accepted to see me during my short visit to Cyprus,” Klamt said, noting that this was a “very emotional” encounter for her.

Klamt will now look to educate members of Parliament on the issue, while working to expedite funding requests in order to secure more scientists and equipment to identify remains.

“Identification and return of remains, which is what is happening now, is an important first step,” she said.

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