The search for Cyprus’s missing victims: Archaeologists dig up farmland to find and identify 2,000 people who disappeared during the 1960s violence that led to the Turkish invasion

Thanasis Gavos   Fri, 26 Aug 2016; 12:09

A search is under way on Cyprus to find and identify the bodies of those killed in violence decades ago between Greek and Turkish-Cypriot communities.

Around 2,000 people from the two societies disappeared during fighting between 1963 and 1974 – but locals who might be able to pinpoint the location of their bodies are dying out.

The violence between the communities during these years culminated with the Turkish invasion of the island in August of 1974 – and more than 40 years on, the task of retrieving and identifying those killed falls to the UN-backed Committee on Missing Persons (CMP).

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