CMP

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 21, 2020

(Nicosia, 20 January 2020) - The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) wishes to express its sincere thanks to Ireland for its generous donation of EUR 25,000 made today. 

Dec 19, 2019

(Nicosia 19 December 2019) – On 18 December a bi-communal excavation team of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) has exhumed the remains of one presumed missing person in a military area in Trachonas / Kızılbaş in the north of Nicosia.

Oct 31, 2019

(Nicosia 31 October 2019) – Today, a bi-communal excavation team of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) has exhumed the remains of two presumed missing persons close to Tekke Backcesi in Nicosia. Exhumations started a week ago and are ongoing.

Quick Facts

Number of missing people:

Greek Cypriots: 1510

Turkish Cypriots: 492

Identified Individuals returned to their families:

Greek Cypriots: 700

Turkish Cypriots: 269

Sites excavated:

Opened: 1312 (No of Human remains on sites: 1221)

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...