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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-04-03

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] CMP - MISSING - IDENTIFICATION
  • [02] CYPRUS - IMMIGRANTS
  • [03] SPOKESMAN TCs MEASURES
  • [04] CYPRUS - MADRID CONVENTION

  • [01] CMP - MISSING - IDENTIFICATION

    The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) has launched the genetic identification phase of its Project on the Exhumation, Identification and Return of Remains of missing individuals, and hopes to be able to return the first identified remains of missing persons to their relatives by late Spring.

    According to a CMP press release, a team of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot geneticists are involved in this work which is being carried out by the Laboratory of Forensic Genetics of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING) in Nicosia.

    ``The DNA samples of relatives of missing Turkish Cypriots have been sent to the CING, which is already in possession of the DNA samples of the relatives of missing Greek Cypriots,`` it says.

    The CMP adds that ``the first submission of bone samples by the CMP Anthropological Laboratory has been made to the CING in order to proceed with the extraction of DNA which, it is hoped, will lead to the identification of the individuals concerned.``

    ``The scientific complexity of the process is such that it is very difficult to predict exactly how much time will be required for the identification of remains. The CMP nonetheless hopes to be able to return the first identified remains of missing persons to their relatives by late Spring,`` it concludes.

    [02] CYPRUS - IMMIGRANTS

    The Council of Ministers, under President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos, has approved the establishment of a special committee of experts to form a policy framework for the integration of legal immigrants into the Cypriot society.

    According to the decision, the committee will comprise representatives of departments and services of the Ministry of the Interior, which will preside over the committee, as well as representatives from the Ministries of Labour and Social Insurance, Education and Culture, and Health.

    [03] SPOKESMAN TCs MEASURES

    The Cypriot government is anticipating the comments of the EU Presidency and the Commission over the new measures to economically strengthen Turkish Cypriots.

    Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis said that the new measures, as well as the existing ones and any other proposed in the future to promote the economic integration through the economic upgrading of the Turkish Cypriots.

    The aim of the Turkish side is the political upgrading of the illegal regime. The talk on the so called isolation of Turkish Cypriots is merely a long-drawn Turkish song and its audience is gradually decreasing.

    [04] CYPRUS - MADRID CONVENTION

    The Council of Ministers, under President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos, has approved draft legislation for Cyprus` accession to the Madrid Convention and the additional protocols for trans-frontier cooperation between territorial communities or authorities and for trans-frontier cooperation between territorial communities or authorities concerning inter-territorial cooperation.

    The Cabinet has authorised the Minister of the Interior to submit the draft legislation to the House of Representatives for voting.


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