International Commission on Missing Persons

The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) was established in 1981 by an agreement between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities with the backing of the United Nations (UN), to determine the fate of persons reported missing in inter-communal fighting in the 1960s, and as a result of the events of 1974. A total of 493 Turkish Cypriots and 1,508 Greek Cypriots were officially reported as missing by both communities to the CMP.

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CMP reports a first case of COVID-19

The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) wishes to inform that it received confirmation today that one CMP staff member has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Subsequently, and in full accordance with CMP’s standard operating procedures and COVID-19 protocols, all other staff members who were in close contact with the individual have also been placed in strict isolation for 14 days. Contact tracing has been conducted of all staff members who the individual has come into contact with during the last week.

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CMP confirms that operations are running normally

In view of reports that appeared in the media this week, the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) would like to clarify its operations. The Committee’s bicommunal excavations resumed on 2 July 2020 after the lifting of COVID-19 related restrictions on crossing points in Cyprus. CMP also confirms that its Anthropological Laboratory resumed its analyses and identification of missing persons on 22 June 2020.

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