|The Missing Cypriots Issue - Brief Summary|
|As a result of the 1974 Turkish invasion in Cyprus, 1619* Greek-Cypriots were reported as missing. Most of them were soldiers or reservists, captured during the battles by the Turkish invasion force. Among them, however, were many civilians, women and children, arrested by the Turkish invasion troops and Turkish-Cypriot paramilitary groups, within the area controlled by the Turkish army after the cease of the battles and far away from the military front. Although motion pictures and photographs showing these people either being arrested or being transferred to and imprisoned in Turkey do exist, none of them has ever returned. This is not a memorial page. There is hope that some of these people are still alive. This site includes a searchable catalog of the missing persons, together with their photographs (where available) and the date and place of their disappearance. Please browse through it and, if you have or can acquire any information regarding the fate of any of them, please report it to the Pancyprian Organization of Parents and Relatives of Undeclared Prisoners and Missing Persons.||
|* The number of the missing has been recently reduced to 1532 after the discovery of the remains of 87 missing persons, using DNA identification methods. Click here for more information.|
If you are completely unaware of the missing Cypriots issue and want to know more, you can read this introductory text.
In an interview given to the Phileleftheros newspaper by Mr. Denktash and published on the 05/08/2007 he was asked why it has been necessary for 33 years to pass before the DNA identifications of the missing persons would start.
Read the full announcement from our organization (the text is in Greek)
There was a series of announcements during July and August 2007 concerning
the identifications of the remains of missing persons from exhumations
in the areas not controlled by the Cyprus Government ...
Photographs, eye witness accounts, news papers articles, and quotes from radio broadcasts, documenting the arrest and/or imprisonment of persons, still missing, by Turkish forces.
Here is a searchable catalog of the 1619 missing Cypriots, complete with their photographs (where available) and the circumstances of their disappearance.
* You may find it difficult to use the Greek version with some browsers and/or operating systems, as Greek dynamic web pages are very difficult to create and error - prone.
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