Akinci Asks UNFICYP for Help to Exhume Turkish Cypriot Remains

President Mustafa Akıncı has asked the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) to commission the Greek Cypriot side to contact the Athalassa Psychiatric Hospital regarding the excavations of the remains of five Turkish Cypriots and to establish co-operation conditions.

The hospital was bombed by Turkish warplanes in July 1974 during the Turkish peacekeeping operation. It is believed that 31 people, mostly patients, died.

Akıncı, sent a letter to Special Representative for Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar about the excavation carried out unilaterally by the Greek Cypriots.

According to a statement made by the presidency, Akıncı said that the Turkish Cypriot side is ready to make the necessary contributions so that the identities of five Turkish Cypriot people, believed to be buried in the area around Athalassa Psychiatric Hospital on the Greek Cypriot side, can be identified and their relatives can be reached.

President Akıncı has issued a request to the Greek Cypriot administration to engage with the UN Peacekeeping Force on the island, in order to establish contact regarding this special situation and create conditions of cooperation.

Pointing to the importance of the burial of the Turkish Cypriots, according to their religion and beliefs and in the proper environment, Akıncı wanted to take the necessary steps for this humanitarian issue, which is very sensitive for both sides.

Kibris News Agency, Cyprus Mail

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