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Teams of the Committee on Missing Persons have reached the remains of the 12th missing person during the ongoing excavations behind the Central Prison in Lefkoşa.

According to information received from a Turkish Cypriot member of the Committee on Missing Persons – Gülden Plümer Küçük, the number of missing persons has reached 12.

Stating that the excavations will continue, Küçük said they expected to find remains of around 20 missing persons in the first excavation site. Küçük also added that they have received permission from military authorities for this excavation site.

Furthermore, Küçük stated that the remains that have been found belong to Greek Cypriot soldiers but some civilian clothes have also been discovered during the excavations.

Küçük indicated that works and excavations will continue, including weekends.

Corpses of the 40-50 Greek Cypriot people who died during the clashes in 1974 were sent to the Greek side through the UN but they were not accepted and after a one-night wait they were buried in the prison area.

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