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    The bones of missing persons are expected to be identified at the end of April

    The number of missing bones is expected to be identified by the end of April, said Leonidas Pantelidis, a representative of the Greek Cypriot community in the Commission of Inquiry for the Missing (CMP). He clarified that some of these bones have been identified more recently, and some may be some years old.

    “We can not always make identifications immediately, there is a second, third and fourth attempt someday. But these days we will have a number of identifications. They are not findings of 2021, but we will have identifications based on older findings, some are more recent, some a little older “, said Mr. Pantelidis.

    Mr. Pantelidis stressed that until the families are notified, it is not correct to make announcements about a specific number of bones or the location where they were found.

    The representative of the Greek Cypriot community said that at the moment there is a number of bones in the laboratory that amounts to about 200 for which no identification has been made. Of these 200, a number may never be identified because, as Mr. Pantelidis explained, these bones are probably irrelevant to the missing, archaeological finds and more. 

    “There are a number of about 35-40 bones which are on the right track. There is good hope that out of these 200 bones in the laboratory, about 35-40 will give us results soon “. The identification of a number of them will be completed in the coming days, said Mr. Pantelidis.

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    He also said that there are 40 bones that seem to give results at some point, but these cases have not yet progressed and are included in a second category.

    He explained that there is another category of about 70 bones which are probably archaeological finds and despite the efforts made, they did not work and probably will not work.

    Mr. Pantelidis also explained that many times a bone is found which is very small and can not even provide DNA for identification. There are also cases where identification does not proceed due to insufficient DNA from families.

    He also said that in recent months no announcements were made for identifications as the works had stopped due to the pandemic, but now with their resumption, there will be announcements from the CMP.

    “The CMP will start announcing the number of identifications again at the end of each month, now an announcement is expected at the end of April for the identifications that are being made at the moment”, said Mr. Pantelidis.

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    He reiterated his call for information on missing persons, saying that the CMP always benefits from any new information available. He explained that much of the newer information is combined with older information and confirms or differentiates something that the Commission has been aware of in the past.

    “Sometimes we start digging at a point and neighbors or other interested people come and tell us relevant information. So, at any time, we adapt our effort based on the latest information “, said Mr. Pantelidis.

    He also said that the main problem is that most of the testimonies are about a point of disappearance or a point of death, but the CMP is interested in the point of burial.

    “The reason that the success rates are low is also due to the fact that many times we dig in the points around the last point for which there is evidence. So just because we have a lot of information does not mean that it always works, and any new information is important. We also have the issue of bone movement. “These movements have often been done in a rough way and bone remains are left which we find but we must continue the effort to find the remaining bones to be given to the families,” he said.

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