Are Unidentified Skeletons in Turkish Prison Greek Cypriots?

Respected activist and politican MEP Eleni Theocharous has raised the issue of the thirty-eight skeletons found in the prison of Diyarbakir in Turkey, asking the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee for assistance in determining whether they belong to Greek Cypriot prisoners of war from the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

Theoharous said according to information, at the time prisoners of war were transported from Cyprus to the specific prison and they were never returned.

“The issue is of a humanitarian nature” said the MP, adding “you realize the agony created to the relatives of missing persons in Cyprus after this information was released.”

The 38 skeletons had been executed with 9mm bullets to the head, she pointed out and based on DNA tests, have not been identified as belonging to Turkish or Kurdish prisoners.

Her request for assistance was accepted by the Committee and its Chairman Elmar Brok, instructed Ria Oomen-Ruijten, European Parliament’s rapporteur on to meet with the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the EU to discuss and investigate the issue.


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