(Nicosia, 27 January 2009) – Following the publication of various reports in the media about events which happened in 1974 in Cyprus and which may concern the fate of persons unaccounted for, the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) would like to reaffirm that within the framework of its mandate to determine the fate of the missing persons, it is duty-bound to follow up on any piece of information that reaches it.
In this respect, it wishes to renew its humanitarian appeal to all, in Cyprus or elsewhere, who were involved collectively or individually in 1964 or 1974, who know or are in a position to assist in finding out relevant information, to approach the Committee and help it in this difficult task.
The Offices of both the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot Members of the CMP have investigation teams that pursue any lead available to determine the fate of missing persons, including the location of possible burial sites. Following this crucially important work, the bi-communal team of CMP scientists proceeds with the exhumation and identification of the remains recovered, which are then returned to the families of the missing persons concerned.
The CMP continues to strive to fulfill its humanitarian mandate in order to bring closure to families of missing persons. The remains of 110 individuals have been identified to date.