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01 November 2006
US report says Cypriot ‘missing’ were used in Turkish biochem experiments
London--Echoing the words "shocking" and "traumatic" of Cyprus Foreign Minister George Lillikas in describing the report published in the US 'Defence and Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy' journal, on the missing persons following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, in 1974…"

London--Echoing the words “shocking” and “traumatic” of Cyprus Foreign Minister George Lillikas in describing the report published in the US ‘Defence and Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy’ journal, on the missing persons following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, in 1974, Lobby for Cyprus spokesman Nick Kounoupias said that “it is time that Britain and the European Union look into the matter before Turkey advances any further in its bid to become a member of the EU.”

According to the report, Greek Cypriots and Greeks, missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, were used as human guinea pigs in experiments in the Turkish military’s biochemical laboratories between the years 1984 and 1988.

The government of Cyprus, with reference to the 1974 invasion and military occupation by Turkey of part of the territory of Cyprus, has noted that military personnel and reservists, as well as civilians, including women and children, were captured by the Turkish armed forces during July and August 1974 and have since disappeared According to Cypriot sources, there are 1587 missing.

Meanwhile, a report of the UN Secretary General on ‘Missing Persons’, based on answers given by interested member states, experts and regional organisations, has been circulated as an official document of the 61st session of the General Assembly.

The report, which was submitted by the Secretary General after instructions of the General Assembly Resolution 59/189, includes a summary of the answer of the Cypriot government.

“Each one of these missing persons has already represented a tragedy to a Cypriot family,” said Nick Kounoupias, “and to now learn that these missing person may have been mistreated and presumably killed or died under the mistreatment, is a matter that Turkey must account for.”

The Cypriot government has stated that it is taking the information “very seriously”. “But,” said Nick Kounoupias, “Britain must make its position clear.”