Cyprus to take Turkey to court over actor’s confession

January 28th, 2009 - 11:37 am ICT by IANS  

Nicosia, Jan 28 (Xinhua) Cyprus will lodge an appeal at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over the the issue of missing people following a Turkish actor’s “confession” that he killed 10 Greek Cypriots during the 1974 war, government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou has said. Attila Olgac had told a Turkish TV talk show that during the Turkish military intervention in Cyprus, he had to follow his commander’s order to kill 10 Greek Cypriots, including one 19-year-old prisoner of war.

Olgac’s remarks has aroused an outcry in Cyprus, and Olgac later withdrew what he had said, claiming he was actually talking about a film scenario.

Some of his friends also said that Olgac was assigned to a military canteen while in Cyprus and never took part in active military actions.

Cyprus’ decision was taken after a meeting between President Demetris Christofias and Attorney-General Petros Clerides, said Stefanou.

“There are decisions from the ECHR on what Turkey has to do regarding the determination of the fate of the missing persons,” the spokesman said.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when the Turkish military intervened and occupied the north of the island following a coup by a group of Greek officers. Around 1,500 Greek Cypriots have been listed as missing.

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