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

Jun 14, 2019

(Nicosia, 14 June 2019) Today, the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) was formally notified that Turkey had granted access for CMP excavation teams to 30 suspected burial sites in military areas in the north of Cyprus.

Jun 10, 2019

(Nicosia, 10 June 2019) - The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) wishes to express its sincere thanks to the Slovak Republic for its donation of EUR 10,000 made today on the occasion of the visit to the CMP Laboratory of H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign & European Affairs. 

May 28, 2019

(Nicosia 28 May 2019) – Thanks to precise information recently collected, a bi-communal excavation team of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) has recovered the human remains of one person at a site in Egkomi / Tuzla on 28 May 2019.

Quick Facts

Number of missing people:

Greek Cypriots: 1510

Turkish Cypriots: 492

Identified Individuals returned to their families:

Greek Cypriots: 685

Turkish Cypriots: 252

Sites excavated:

Opened: 1273 (No of Human remains on sites: 1209)

Sets of Remains analyzed:


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CMP in the news

Mar 05, 2017
Thousands of deaths, secret mass graves and decades steeped in anger — small but strategically located Cyprus has much to teach the world about the...
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...