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By Rory MacLean,Nick Danziger

due to the fact 1981 the Committee on lacking individuals has labored to take on an everlasting humanitarian tragedy in Cyprus.

Over the decade, it has undertaken greater than one thousand excavations and exhumations around the island, convalescing and choosing the lads, girls, and youngsters who went lacking 40 or fifty years in the past, and returning their continues to be to their households. This striking bi-communal paintings has been performed via a brand new new release of Cypriots made up our minds to heal the injuries left open via their fathers and grandfathers.

Beneath the Carob Trees chronicles their efforts and can pay tribute to all those that labour to finish the discomfort of the bereaved and to aid reconciliation among the communities.

From the preface

The United international locations has been proud to facilitate the Committee on lacking people’ paintings with the aid of the foreign group. The Committee helps to construct a sustainable and joint destiny in Cyprus. i'm hoping this attempt also will supply classes for different post-conflict occasions and anyplace households yearn to benefit the destiny in their household. | Ban Ki-Moon – Secretary-General of the United Nations
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We honour the Committee on lacking people in Cyprus and we show pride in being the biggest donor assisting its paintings. The Committee has recovered and pointed out the is still of many and helped hundreds and hundreds of Cypriot households to shut a protracted interval of agony and uncertainty. we are hoping that closure will carry therapeutic and that therapeutic will foster reconciliation. | Jean-Claude Juncker – President of the ecu Commission

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[...] ‘In the early days it used to be risky for individuals to speak to us. Informants and witnesses have been bullied into silence. Our investigators have been threatened. The perpetrators feared being uncovered, after all. yet at the present time they needless to say our paintings is humanitarian, that the knowledge isn't used opposed to them.’

Every research starts off with a whisper. The CMP’s seven Turkish Cypriot investigators – along Murat – keep on with leads, linger over coffees and pay attention for the reality. Their paintings is reflected by way of Greek Cypriot investigators lively within the south of the island. occasionally the investigators coax witnesses into confession. occasionally they depend on rumour. occasionally a assassin will show himself by means of blurting out on his deathbed, ‘I killed him and buried him below a carob tree.’ [...] | Murat Soysal - Assistant to the Turkish Cypriot Member of the CMP

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[...] ‘I converse with the killers through discovering universal ground,’ Xenophon acknowledged. ‘We have a drink jointly. We shoot the breeze. Alcohol is helping to damage the chains. i attempt to determine a courting in response to belief, which i'm going to by no means betray although I disagree with virtually every thing the killer says. i attempt to holiday his loyalties to brother, to military, to kingdom, to nationality. I provide to alleviate him of the weight of guilt. for that reason, in time, such a lot killers will demonstrate issues that they've by no means acknowledged to anyone.’

Xenophon – like Murat – is blessed with a prodigious reminiscence. He can remember the main points of just about each lacking individual, each killing box, each weeping widow at the island. because the CMP's best Greek Cypriot investigator, he feels ‘a ethical accountability to endure with the sufferers’. [...] | Xenophon Kallis - Assistant to the Greek Cypriot Member of the CMP

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