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Cypriot President Anastasiades Requests Missing Persons Information

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Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has requested all who have missing persons knowledge, to offer information to the Committee on Missing Persons, as soon as possible.

In a written document during the "29th Marathon of Love for Missing Persons", the President claimed his total appreciation and support regarding missing persons' relatives, who have yet to comprehend just what happened to their dissapeared loved ones.

Anastasiades stated, "The huge humanitarian issue of missing persons constitutes both for me personally and my government an issue of high priority and I want to assure that our efforts aiming at establishing the fate of missing persons will be continuous and persistent".

The Cypriot leader praised all associated in missing person efforts, and that the government will continue to back their respected work. Due to the Turkish invasion, 1,619 Greek Cypriots remain missing, that include reservists and troops that were detained in battle. Most of the victims have been seen alive and under control of the Turkish military.

An additional 41 cases of missing Greek Cypriots have been recently included in the missing persons list, regarding the 1963-1964 communal fighting incident. They have yet to be identified. There are currently 503 Turkish Cypriots missing since 1974.