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Media Watch 2003

12 September 2003
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 12 September 2003.
Missing back on the agenda - Theodosiou


THE long-standing humanitarian issue of persons missing since 1974 is firmly back on the political agenda after a hiatus, said Relatives of the Missing Association President Nicos Theodosiou.

“The good thing is that the issue of the missing is being discussed at the highest political levels,” Theodosiou said after a meeting with Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou yesterday.

Theodosiou said the issue of the missing will be among the topics of discussion in official talks between Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis and President Tassos Papadopoulos in Athens next week.

Theodosiou said he conveyed to Papandreou his association’s wish for the Greek government to use its influence among its European Union partners to make progress on the stalled issue by capitalising on recent developments on the island.

He added that it wasn’t the first time he met the Greek Foreign Minister who is “knowledgeable” of the missing persons problem.

But Theodosiou said Papandreou didn’t give any specific pledge on the issue during their 10-minute meeting, other than to confirm that the issue will be discussed in the Simitis-Papandreou talks.

Theodosiou told The Cyprus Weekly that he expects more “solid progress” at the end of this month after President Papadopoulos raises the missing persons issue in talks with UN Chief Kofi Annan in New York.

Around 1,580 Greek Cypriots and 500 Turkish Cypriots are still officially listed as missing since the 1963 inter-communal troubles and the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island.

The missing persons issue had remained on the backburner until new revelations by The Cyprus Weekly of the possible mass killing of Greek Cypriots by Turkish Cypriot militia in Eftakomi almost 30-years ago brought it back to the fore."