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

Sep 01, 2020

(Nicosia, 01.09.2020) - The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) wishes to express its sincere thanks to the Federal Republic of Germany for its generous donation of €100,000. This donation brings the German financial assistance to the CMP to a total of €700,000 since 2006.

Aug 26, 2020

(Nicosia, 26.08.2020) - The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) wishes to express its sincere thanks to Turkey for its generous donation of 100,000 US dollars (EUR 84,500). This donation brings the Turkish financial assistance to the CMP to a total of EUR 1,082,500 over the past thirteen years.

Jul 13, 2020

(Nicosia, 11 July 2020) – In view of reports that appeared in the media this week, the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) would like to clarify its operations. The Committee’s bicommunal excavations resumed on 2 July 2020 after the lifting of COVID-19 related restrictions on crossing points in Cyprus. CMP also confirms that its Anthropological Laboratory resumed its analyses and identification of missing persons on 22 June 2020.

Quick Facts

Number of missing people:

Greek Cypriots: 1510

Turkish Cypriots: 492

Identified Individuals returned to their families:

Greek Cypriots: 701

Turkish Cypriots: 275

Sites excavated:

Opened: 1356 (No of Human remains on sites: 1217)

Sets of Remains analyzed:

 

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CMP in the news

Mar 05, 2017
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Mar 09, 2017
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