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

Jan 12, 2021

(Nicosia, 11 January 2021) – The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) welcomes the appointment of Mr. Hakkı Müftüzade as the new Turkish Cypriot Member of CMP. Mr. Müftüzade took up his new position on 1 January 2021.

Nov 10, 2020

(Nicosia, 04.11.2020) - The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) wishes to express its sincere thanks to the Republic of Cyprus for its donation of €175,000 made yesterday. 

Oct 21, 2020

(Nicosia, 20 October 2020) – The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) wishes to inform that it received confirmation today that one CMP staff member has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Quick Facts

Number of missing people:

Greek Cypriots: 1510

Turkish Cypriots: 492

Identified Individuals returned to their families:

Greek Cypriots: 722

Turkish Cypriots: 284

Sites excavated:

Opened: 1401 (No of Human remains on sites: 1187)

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...