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05 May 2007
Lobby for Cyprus lauds EU Parliament for continuing concern for the 'missing'
London--""Lobby for Cyprus warmly welcomes the concern and support of the European Union in the matter of the still-'missing' Greek Cypriots following the invasion of Cyprus in 1974," said Theo Theodorou, spokesman for Lobby for Cyprus. He was referring to the reply from EU Enlargement Commissioner, Olli Rehn, in the matter of a then-five-year-old boy, specifically, and the more-than 1500 Greek Cypriots, generally.

London--"Lobby for Cyprus warmly welcomes the concern and support of the European Union in the matter of the still-'missing' Greek Cypriots following the invasion of Cyprus in 1974," said Theo Theodorou, spokesman for Lobby for Cyprus.

He was referring to the reply from EU Enlargement Commissioner, Olli Rehn, in the matter of a then-five-year-old boy, specifically, and the more-than 1500 Greek Cypriots, generally.

Ioannis Kasoulides, a Cypriot member of the EuroParliament, raised the issue of missing Christakis Georgiou, who was five at the time of the Turkish invasion. Georgiou was probably the youngest of the "missing" and whose status the Turkish government has never disclosed, explained Theodorou.

"The European Commission shares the pain and grief of all the families in Cyprus missing one or several of their relatives who disappeared," Rehn's letter says in part. "Relatives have a fundamental right to know what became of missing persons," the letter continues.

A Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) was established in 1981 to look into the matter, but has received scant support from Turkey, Theodorou stated. In a Commission statement released in March, the CMP said that "it wishes to reiterate its commitment to following-up on and investigating any information throwing new light on the fate of missing individuals.''

"This matter of the 'missing' is one of many issues that Turkey must resolve before it is suitable for membership in the EU," stated Theodorou.