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12-02-2019 11:46 | Read 145 times

CMP did not exhume remains at Agios Nikolaos cemetery

The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) released a statement on Monday in response to reports about findings of remains at the Agios Nikolaos cemetery.

CMP did not exhume remains at Agios Nikolaos cemetery

“CMP emphasises that it only engages in bi-communal work involving its teams of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot scientists,” said the statement.

“CMP has never been involved in any activities at the Agios Nikolaos cemetery.  The exhumations cited in the media occurred solely as a Greek Cypriot unilateral activity. During CMP’s bi-communal exhumations of remains of presumed missing persons, CMP applies the following stringent procedures regarding unidentifiable skeletal remains:

• All the skeletal remains exhumed are transferred to the CMP anthropological laboratory and after analysis, bone samples are sent to DNA analysis for identification purposes or for Radio Carbon (C14) analysis to determine the relevance of the remains to the project.

• If the Radio Carbon (C14) analysis results show that the remains are ancient, thus not related to missing persons, the remains can be transferred to the sites which were initially exhumed.

• If the remains are exhumed from a cemetery and the results show that they do not belong to missing persons, remains can be buried back to the cemetery which were initially exhumed.

• If the DNA results do not match with any missing person or failed to yield any genetic results, all skeletal remains are kept in the CMP Mortuary.”

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