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.