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

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.

Jul 01, 2020

CMP Resumes Full Operations


(Nicosia 1 July 2020) - The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus resumes full operations. With the reopening of crossing points, bi-communal excavations are resuming as of tomorrow July 2nd, while CMP’s Anthropological Laboratory had returned to its regular operations as of 22 June.

With safety as a priority, all work modalities are in line with international and local Covid-19 guidelines. All CMP staff members have taken the Covid-19 PCR diagnostic test.

During the restrictions, CMP Members, Assistants and Coordinators have regularly been meeting via video conferences. CMP Investigative teams have used the period to analyse and complete hundreds of pending cases.


Greek Cypriot Member’s Office: +357 22400142

Turkish Cypriot Member’s Office: +90 3922281586

Third Member’s Office: +357 22614362

CMP Press Office: [email protected]



Feb 14, 2020

(Nicosia, 14 February 2020) – Today, the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) has recovered the remains of one person in Famagusta.

Quick Facts

Number of missing people:

Greek Cypriots: 1510

Turkish Cypriots: 492

Identified Individuals returned to their families:

Greek Cypriots: 700

Turkish Cypriots: 274

Sites excavated:

Opened: 1336 (No of Human remains on sites: 1214)

Sets of Remains analyzed:


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