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It is reported that the excavations to unearth the Noratlas, a Greek military transport aircraft, which was shot down by the Greek Cypriot National Guard by mistake during the Cyprus Peace Operation in 1974, had not been wanted in the past. Greek Cypriot daily Phileleftheros published a letter to the then Greek Cypriot leader written by Xenophon Kallis, who was an adviser at the Greek Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2003 and now is the Head of the Division of Humanitarian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry and is also the coordinator of the implementation of a project, launched recently to locate the plane at the Lakatamia military cemetery in South Cyprus. According to the news report, the letter was written to the family of a Late Greek commando to inform that they were given the remains of another person.  The newspaper reported that the letter had emphasized that there is no need to conduct excavations to unearth the remains of neither the aforementioned commando nor the others. The reason for this is said to be issues, such as lack of blood samples from their families, conflicting views on whether there are corpses in the plane, the common conception by families that everyone in the plane died, giving priority to the missing persons instead of commandos (who were identified as dead), expenses and the mistakes committed coming to light.

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