Greek Soldier’s Remains Return Home from Cyprus After 46 Years



A Greek officer holding a photograph of Georgios Katsanis is followed by his colleagues, who carry the remains of the commando unit leader.

The remains of a Greek officer killed during the 1974 Turkish invasion were handed over to his family on Thursday to take back home to Greece for a proper burial with all the appropriate honors.

Georgios Katsanis, the leader of a commando unit, was killed in battle at Ayios Ilarionas Castle in the Pentadaktylos Mountains on July 21, 1974.

His remains were found in January in a mass grave in the north as part of bicommunal project to find and identify individuals who have been missing since the intercommunal strife in the 1960s and the Turkish invasion of 1974.

The remains of the commando leader were handed over to his family following a church service in Nicosia on Thursday morning.

They will now be flown back to Greece on a military transport plane and Katsanis will be buried in Serres on Saturday.

Forty-seven Greek soldiers tragically still remain on the list of missing persons in Cyprus.