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

Nov 21, 2018

(Nicosia 21 November 2018) – A bi-communal excavation team of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) has recovered the remains of one individual in a well at Sinda/İnönü on Tuesday 20th November.

Nov 16, 2018

(Nicosia 16 November 2018) – The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) has signed two Memoranda of Understanding with US Federal Agencies: the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s Laboratory division and the US Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).

Nov 07, 2018

(Nicosia, 7 November 2018) The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) have launched a joint Family Needs Assessment (FNA) with families that do not know the fate and whereabouts of their missing relatives in relation to the events of 1963-1964 and 1974.

Quick Facts

Number of missing people:

Greek Cypriots: 1510

Turkish Cypriots: 492

Identified Individuals returned to their families:

Greek Cypriots: 673

Turkish Cypriots: 241

Sites excavated:

Opened: 1237 (No of Human remains on sites: 1200)

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...