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Media Watch 2006

23 October 2006
Source: Cyprus News Agency
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Comment: The following is a report of the Cyprus News Agency of 23 October 2006.
Cyprus to look into report about missing persons
"The Cypriot government is taking into serious consideration the content of a US report on the issue of missing persons."

"Nicosia, Oct 23 (CNA) - The Cypriot government is taking into serious consideration the content of a US report on the issue of missing persons, but is not in a position to verify it, Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis said on Monday.

He added that the government would be requesting the report of the ''Defence and Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy'' company and would have meetings with the author of the report, in order to determine whether it stood to reason.

Pashiardis noted that previous governments had at times received such information, which had been investigated, without ever being verified. ''The government is taking very seriously into consideration the shocking content of the American report on our missing persons, but is not in a position to verify it,'' Pashiardis said.

He added that ''the government is evaluating each and every piece of information regarding the fate of our missing persons and is dealing with every case in a responsible and careful manner.'' Asked if previous governments had received information about living missing persons, Pashiardis said they had. ''All this information was looked into by all governments,'' he said, adding that ''the outcome is known, the information had unfortunately not been verified.''

Replying to questions, Pashiardis said ''the government will investigate the content of this report very seriously and responsibly, but has no evidence so far to confirm that it stands.'' He also said that the government will request the report from the specific company and will have relevant contacts with the author of the report, in order to determine whether it stood to reason.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third."