The Australian Minister of Defence Personnel and Veterans, The Hon Darren Chester, visited the CMP Laboratory on 8 November 2019
The President of Ireland, H.E. Mr. Michael Higgins, paid a visit to the CMP Laboratory on 15 October 2019 accompanied by the Irish Justice Minister
Visit of a US Congressional Delegation led by Representative Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Ambassador Judith G. Garber, Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Cyprus on 27 May 2019
U.N. Assistant Secretary-General Jenča visits CMP and commends its work
Liverpool’s Merseyside Police investigators train CMP staff
International experts assess CMP's identification and forensic capabilities
Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok presents a EUR 50,000 donation to the CMP on 6 September 2018
ICRC headquarters officials visit Nicosia to discuss a 4-year ICRC-CMP cooperation on a missing persons project
UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix visits the CMP Lab on 2 March 2018
Opening of CMP exhibition at the EU Parliament, Brussels on 11 Oct 2016: President of the European Parliament Mr. Martin Schulz and President of the European Commission Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker with the CMP Members.
The three CMP Members present the book “Beneath the Carob Trees: The Lost Lives of Cyprus” to the two Leaders on 14 September 2016.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opens CMP Exhibition at UN Headquarters, New York on 31 May 2016
Visit by the President of the European Parliament, Mr. Martin Schulz, to the CMP laboratory,
29 March 2016
Visit of religious leaders of Cyprus to the CMP laboratory,
8 February 2016
Visit of the Leaders to
the CMP laboratory,
20 December 2015.
The CMP is determined to find, identify and return to families the remains of the 2003 persons who went missing during the events of 1963-64 and 1974 in Cyprus.
We have returned the
remains of more than
960 persons missing from the events of 1963-64
and 1974 to their
More than 70 Cypriot scientists work to exhume, analyse and identify the remains of missing persons.
They are "The Faces of the CMP"
The CMP has excavated more than 900 suspected burial sites across Cyprus and exhumed the remains of more than 1000 persons.
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
Number of missing people:
Greek Cypriots: 1510
Turkish Cypriots: 492
Identified Individuals returned to their families:
Greek Cypriots: 700
Turkish Cypriots: 269
Opened: 1312 (No of Human remains on sites: 1221)
Sets of Remains analyzed: