Cyprus urges Turkey to account for 1,500 missing for 35 years

January 23, 2009 21:47

Cyprus urged Turkey on Friday to account for some 1,500 people missing since its invasion of the island 35 years ago. The call came after a former Turkish army conscript described how he had executed a prisoner of war. Actor Attila Olgac reportedly told a Turkish television program this week that while serving in the Turkish army during the 1974 invasion he shot at least one prisoner dead on orders from a superior. "The first person that I killed was a 19-year-old soldier who was taken prisoner," Olgac was quoted as saying on the program, according to the Hurriyet newspaper's web site. "When I aimed my gun at his face, he spat on my face. I shot him in the forehead. He died. Later on, I killed nine more people during clashes," Olgac was quoted as saying. Turkey invaded and ethnically split Cyprus in response to a coup by Athens-backed supporters of union with Greece.

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