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The remains of İbrahim Nidai and Şevket Kadir have been found
According to the news in Kıbrıs newspaper today, as a result of the research of the Committee on Missing Persons, the remains of two people were located at a horse farm between Karaoğlanoğlu and Alsancak after the denunciation of an elderly Greek man. The remains of the two people were estimated to belong to İbrahim Nidai and Şevket Kadir who were travelling to Girne from Lapta on 24 December 1963.
Murat Soysal, assistant of the Turkish Cypriot member of the Committee on Missing Persons said that accurate identification results of the remains of two male people which were found at a horse farm between Alsancak and Karaoğlanoğlu, and the remains of a Greek Cypriot woman found in Gazimağusa, would be determined after DNA analysis.
Also, the remains of a missing Greek Cypriot have been found during excavation under the garden wall of the Lapta Yavuzlar High School yesterday.
Soysal said that excavations are continuing in nine different locations across the island as a result of denunciations.
According to the Missing Persons List, the Turkish Cypriot missing were all civilian and 25-28 percent were children and women. 12 percent of the Greek Cypriot missing were female and children, and 55 percent consists of Greek Cypriot and Greek soldiers.
Until now remains could not be reached but excavations will continue
It was announced that the Committee on Missing Persons which began excavation work on the 17th of August in the area behind the Central Prison in North Nicosia have not found anything yet but their work will continue.
Turkish Cypriot assistant member of the Committee on Missing Persons Murat Soysal stated that the excavation teams have been doubled in order to speed up the work being carried out. Soysal said, “We know there are mass graves in the region. It is a large region and we guess we will get the results in a few weeks”.
Soysal also explained that they are trying to find the remains of the 40-50 Greek Cypriots who had lost their lives in 1974 and buried en-mass behind the current prison because even though they were taken to Ledra Palace by truck, either Greek authorities or UN authorities did not receive them. Soysal said, “Excavations are continuing and we believe we will get results”.
According to the information of the Missing Persons Committee, 1508 Greek Cypriots and 493 Turkish Cypriots a total of 2,001 people are missing. So far, 451 Greek Cypriots, 144 Turkish Cypriots who were missing where identities were determined have been delivered to their families.
The Committee have found the remains of 969 people on 999 excavation sites.
Özyiğit: “Rotating Presidency is one of the parameters of political equality”
The Leader of Communal Democracy Party Cemal Özyiğit stressed that the rotating presidency issue is one of the basic parameters of political equality in the Cyprus negotiations. Özyiğit made evaluations about continuing negotiations for the settlement of the Cyprus problem in the island to the AA reporter. Özyiğit emphasized that negotiations have been continuing since 1968, although with interruptions, adding that it was a disappointment for the Turkish Cypriots that the Greek Cypriots rejected the Annan Plan in 2004 but it was approved by 65% Turkish Cypriots.
Underlining the joint statement approved by the Sides on February 2014 is essential for determining the form of the settlement, Özyiğit reminded that in the agreement that was signed in 1960, Turkish Cypriots were one of the founding partners.
Furthermore, Özyiğit stressed the importance of ensuring the formation of the Council of Ministers and decision making mechanism.
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