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

Mar 15, 2019

(Nicosia 15 March 2019) –Mr. Miroslav Jenča, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas (Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Department of Peace Operations)

Feb 26, 2019

(Nicosia, 26 February 2019) - The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) wishes to express its sincere thanks to the People’s Republic of China for its first ever donation of EUR 10,000 made today on the occasion of the visit to the CMP Laboratory of the Chinese Ambassador to Cyprus, H.E. Mr. Huang Xingyuan.

Feb 12, 2019

(Nicosia, 12 February 2019) - The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) wishes to express its sincere thanks to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for its first ever donation of EUR 3,000 made today. 

Quick Facts

Number of missing people:

Greek Cypriots: 1510

Turkish Cypriots: 492

Identified Individuals returned to their families:

Greek Cypriots: 681

Turkish Cypriots: 246

Sites excavated:

Opened: 1254 (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...