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

Nov 07, 2018

(Nicosia, 7 November 2018) The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) have launched a joint Family Needs Assessment (FNA) with families that do not know the fate and whereabouts of their missing relatives in relation to the events of 1963-1964 and 1974.

Nov 02, 2018

(Nicosia, 2 November 2018) The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) wishes to congratulate four of its Cypriot anthropologists from both communities on their successful passing of the rigorous theoretical and practical examinations of the Latin American Directory of Forensic Anthropology (DALAF).

Oct 29, 2018

(Nicosia, 29.10.2018) - The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) wishes to express its sincere thanks to the Federal Republic of Germany for today’s donation of €100,000.

Quick Facts

Number of missing people:

Greek Cypriots: 1510

Turkish Cypriots: 492

Identified Individuals returned to their families:

Greek Cypriots: 665

Turkish Cypriots: 237

Sites excavated:

Opened: 1226 (No of Human remains on sites: 1202)

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...