French Foreign Minister visits the CMP Laboratory
(Nicosia, 7 September 2018) – Today Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian visited the Anthropological Laboratory of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) accompanied by the French Ambassador. The three CMP Members Gülden Plümer Kücük, Nestoras Nestoros and Paul-Henri Arni briefed Minister Le Drian on CMP’s humanitarian mission to recover, identify and return as many as possible of the 2,002 persons who went missing in 1963, 1964 and 1974. They stressed the contribution of this humanitarian project in restoring some of the trust lost between communities. They also underlined that returning missing persons to their loved ones prepares the ground for reconciliation. Finally, CMP Members expressed their hope that France would support the efforts of the CMP at a time when it becomes more difficult than ever to locate new burial sites and more expensive to identify complex cases.
So far, 890 missing persons from both communities have been identified and returned to their families for dignified burials.
The CMP relies on donor support to alleviate the suffering of the concerned families.