CMP granted permission to excavate in military-held areas
Turkey’s occupying forces have given the go-ahead to Cyprus’ Committee on Missing Persons to excavate in 30 zones, along with 75,000 euros, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci announced on Thursday.
The Turkish Cypriot leader met with the Turkish Cypriot member of the CMP, Gulden Plumer Kucuk and a third member of the committee Paul Hneri Arni.
The occupied areas reported that the meeting took place on Thursday morning, and that Akinci had reiterated his and President Anastasiades’ request that all who recognise something about missing persons to alert the CMP.
Akinci reminded that the CMP had asked for permission to excavate in 30 locations that they hope contain the remains of the missing. As such, Akinci said that it was not as a result that they were not granted permission but that access is only granted to small amount of areas each time. He said that after communicating with the Turkish army, they gave permission for all 30 locations. Akinci added, however, that all 30 locations could not be opened in one year, so it was more likely that 10 would be opened at first.
The Turkish Cypriot leader had expressed his optimism that he hoped accusation from the Greek Cypriot side about not being able to gain access to certain areas would stop now that they have been opened.
Akinci also decided that the illegal-regime would also be giving 75,000 euros to the CMP for this cause.
Arni had said that the he thanked the Turkish Cypriot leader for facilitating opening these areas. He also thanked Akinci for the financial offering to the CMP.
Kucuk in his turn also thanked the Turkish Cypriot leader for the donation to the CMP, and asked that all that know something about the missing tell the organisation.