The fate of those who went missing during following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 was under discussion when the UK branch of Committee of Missing Persons in Cyprus met with Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer and Conservative MEP for London Marina Yannakoudakis on Friday.

The Chairman of the United Kingdom Committee of Missing Persons Mr. Neoclis Neocleous asked for Mr. Freer and Mrs. Yannakoudakis’ help to put pressure on Turkey to open up more grave sites in the north part of Cyprus in order to give families closure on the fate of their missing relatives.

Mike Freer, who led a debate on the missing persons in Cyprus in Westminster Hall last year, promised to raise the issue with Europe Minister David Liddington. Marina Yannakoudakis, who recently sponsored a European Parliament resolution calling for the EU to continue to support efforts to find people who went missing in Cyprus, also agreed to ask the responsible European Commissioner Štefan Füle to put pressure on Ankara and the Turkish Cypriot authorities to open up the sites.

Both Mike and Marina renewed their support for the work that the UK branch of Committee of Missing Persons in Cyprus does to help families in Britain and Cyprus find out what happened to their relatives in the period of the island’s intercommunal violence and during the Turkish invasion.

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