Monday, 5 March 2012

EP to investigate Diyarbakir missing persons claim

According to this article on, the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee has said it will investigate the possibility that skeletal remains recently discovered in southeastern Turkey belong to some of the 1,619 Greek Cypriots missing since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974.

The president of the foreign affairs committee, Elmar Brok, has accepted the request of Cypriot MEP Eleni Theocharous that the committee seek further information from the Turkish authorities on the remains found in the grounds of Diyarbakir prison.

Kathimerini says Brok has asked Ria Oomen-Ruijten, the European Parliament’s rapporteur on Turkey, to request a meeting with Turkey’s permanent EU representative to pursue the matter.

Last week, Mrs Theocharous revealed that all 38 of the skeletons found at Diyarbakir jail had 9-mm bullet wounds to the head, consistent with execution, and that DNA tests had indicated that the victims were unlikely to have been Turks or Kurds. Mrs Theocharous says information exists that following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, Greek Cypriot prisoners were taken to Diyarbakir prison.  

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