Famagusta: Ozersay photographed opposite a possible burial site

ozersay 2 Missing, Occupied Famagusta, Kudret Ozersay

The announcement of the T / C "Deputy Prime Minister" Kundred Ozersay for the registration of the properties within the enclosed city of Famagusta, was followed last Monday by his entry in Varosi. In the photos posted by Mr. Ozersay on social media, he seems to be accompanied by a group of T / C or Turkish "officials" on the roof of the "Markos" hotel, which during the days between the first and second invasion served as a draft hospital for the injured Greek Cypriots from the street battles that took place between E / K and T / K of Famagusta during the same period. In fact, according to information from "POLITI", Turkish Cypriots also received first aid at the "Markos" hotel, with the most typical case of a T / C survivor of the war until today with a mutilation.

Opposite the place where Mr. Ozersay stood to be photographed last Monday, giving the green light for the registration of property in Famagusta, is the Primary School of Stavros, while at the point where Mr. Ozersai points with his finger in the photos of, is the cemetery of Stavros Famagusta. There, the Commission of Inquiry for the Missing (CMP) estimates that E / K fallen or missing people from 1974 have been buried. As is known, Turkey last month approved the exhumation of 30 military areas in northern Cyprus, where the CMP estimates E / K missing persons of 1974 have been buried. The requests of the Greek Cypriot side to the CMP for an exhumation concerned a total of 54 military areas in the occupied areas. The 24 military areas in which Turkey still denies access to the CMP include the Stavros Cemetery in Famagusta. Arriving in the besieged city of Famagusta, Mr. Ozersai committed to registering the property, without referring to the exhumations to locate the missing persons of the war. In his statements from the roof of the "Markos" hotel, Mr. Ozersai referred to the usefulness of his visit, shortly before the appointment of the committee that will undertake the registration of property in Famagusta. Mr. Ozersay's repeated statements, following his announcement that experts in Varosi had entered the city, made no reference to Turkey's international obligation to assist in investigating the fate of the missing, as the census would include areas of possible burial of missing persons.

A number of strangers were buried where Kudret showed up

Between the first and second invasion in 1974 (the 26 days between July 20 and August 15) about 30 Greek victims of the invasion were buried in the cemetery of Stavros Famagusta, who are not included in the list of missing persons. According to information from "P", the victims who were buried opposite the "Markos" hotel, where they were initially transported, are 25 C / S soldiers, three Greek officers and at least one "unknown". Based on this information, the number of missing C / Cs buried in Stavros Famagusta cemetery is limited to one. In the cemetery of Stavros Famagusta, in contrast to the cemeteries of Konstantinos and Eleni and Lakatamia in Nicosia, the survivors of the war were not called to bury unknown to the fallen. Therefore, it is estimated that there was no chaos in Stavros cemetery during the 26 days of the war, since the relatives of the fallen were still in Famagusta and could attest to the death of their loved ones.

However, as the area has been cordoned off for the last 45 years and the Commission of Inquiry for the Missing has not been able to cross-examine on the spot any testimonies brought before it, it is considered a given by the Greek Cypriot side that other victims have been buried in Stavros Cemetery. after 16 August 1974. The testimonies before the CMP are sufficient for the period after the 30th of August, however, none, according to information from "P", has been able to be crossed. The information mainly refers to dead civilians from the raids and the bombings of the Turkish army in Famagusta. This information is reinforced by the common sense, which suggests that the Turkish army after the occupation of Famagusta managed the dead, burying them in the nearest cemetery, where they were buried, a few days earlier about XNUMX other victims of the war.

Source: POLITIS / Michalis Theodorou