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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 98-05-28

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  • [01] Cyprus reaction to Clinton's reference

  • 1325:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] Cyprus reaction to Clinton's reference

    Nicosia, May 28 (CNA) -- The Republic of Cyprus has made representations regarding the report US President, Bill Clinton, had submitted to the Congress, in which he states that the missing persons in Cyprus, since the 1974 Turkish invasion, are "a result of intercommunal strife".

    Government Spokesman, Christos Stylianides, said today that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had made representations, especially regarding the phrase "intercommunal strife".

    In his report, Clinton expresses the wish that "this report will serve as a catalyst for progress on other cases of Greek and Turkish Cypriot persons missing as a result of intercommunal strife".

    Meanwhile, the report submitted to the Congress by the American team investigating the fate of the five missing US citizens of Greek descent, presumes that "all five are dead".

    The remains of one of the five have been identified via a DNA method, but the location of the other four has not yet been established. The report says that if the four were alive, the youngest would be 84 years old, so it is believed they are dead anyway.

    This statement prompted angry reactions from local committees representing relatives of the 1619 people listed as missing persons soon after the Turkish invasion and occupation of 37 per cent of Cyprus territory in 1974.

    CNA RG/GP/1998
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