About the CMP

July 2007 marked a turning point of historical significance: the CMP began returning the first remains of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot individuals to their families. These individuals had been missing since the tragic events of 1963-64 and 1974.

The primary objective of the CMP is to enable relatives of missing persons to recover the remains of their loved ones, arrange for a proper burial and close a long period of anguish and uncertainty. Most Cypriot families have been directly or indirectly affected and it is hoped that the healing of old wounds will in turn favour the overall process of reconciliation between both communities.

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Press Releases

CMP Members meet with Missing Persons Family Representatives
Mar 01, 2017
PRESS RELEASE CMP Members meet with Missing Persons Family Representatives (Nicosia, 1 March 2017) Today, the three Members of the Committee on Missing Persons, Ms. Gülden Plümer Küçük, Mr. Nestoras Nestoros and Mr. Paul-Henri Arni, met with representatives of associations representing the families...
CMP discovers misidentification
Feb 13, 2017
PRESS RELEASE CMP discovers misidentification (Nicosia, 11 February 2017) The CMP has recently finalized the analysis of a set of remains that had been exhumed in 2015. DNA analysis of these remains, conducted by Bode Cellmark Forensics in Maryland, USA, indicated that they belonged to a person who...
CMP exhibition opens at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva
Nov 15, 2016
 PRESS RELEASE  CMP exhibition opens at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva (Geneva, 10 November 2016) Today, a photo exhibition on the work of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus opened at the Palais des Nations, the United Nations’ European headquarters in Geneva. The event was...

Quick Facts

Number of missing people:

Greek Cypriots: 1508

Turkish Cypriots: 493

Identified Individuals returned to their families:

Greek Cypriots: 563

Turkish Cypriots: 184

Sites excavated:

Opened: 1132 (No of Human remains on sites: 1197)

Sets of Remains analyzed:


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CMP in the news

Mar 09, 2017
There were 84 skeletons, all in one place. It wasn't the first, or the last, mass grave Ceren Ceraloglu would search, but the feeling of standing...