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 29, 2019

(Nicosia, 29 March 2019) – A delegation of three German Parliamentarians led by Mr. Andrej Hunko, Chairman of the Germany-Cyprus Friendship Group, as well as his Deputies Ms. Lisa Paus and Mr. Johannes Schraps visited today the CMP Anthropological Laboratory. 

Mar 27, 2019

(Nicosia, 27 March 2019) – Major-General Cheryl Pearce from Australia, UNFICYP’s new Force Commander, paid a visit today to the CMP Anthropological Laboratory.

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)

Quick Facts

Number of missing people:

Greek Cypriots: 1510

Turkish Cypriots: 492

Identified Individuals returned to their families:

Greek Cypriots: 681

Turkish Cypriots: 249

Sites excavated:

Opened: 1258 (No of Human remains on sites: 1197)

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...