United Kingdom donates 124,000 Euro to the CMP

(Nicosia, 31 March 2017) – The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) wishes to express its sincere thanks to the United Kingdom for its donation of EUR 124,000 made today by H.E. Mr. Matthew Kidd, British High Commissioner to Cyprus, during a visit to the CMP Anthropological Laboratory. This brings direct British financial assistance to the CMP to a total of EUR 297,000 over the past ten years.

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CMP discovers misidentification

(Nicosia, 11 February 2017) – CMP has recently finalized the analysis of a set of remains that had been exhumed in 2015. DNA analysis of these remains, conducted by Bode Cellmark Forensics in Maryland, USA, indicated that they belonged to a person who had already been identified and returned to relatives in 2009.

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CMP exhibition opens at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva

(Geneva, 10 November 2016) – Today, a photo exhibition on the work of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus opened at the Palais des Nations, the United Nations’ European headquarters in Geneva. The event was hosted jointly by the United Nations Director-General, Michael Møller, and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, and attended by representatives of Member States and humanitarian organisations among others.

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Breakthrough: Turkey grants access to 30 military areas over three-year period

(Nicosia, 5 November 2015) – Today, the CMP was notified by the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mr Mustafa Akıncı, that Turkey had formally agreed to provide access for CMP excavation teams to all 30 currently known suspected burial sites in military areas in the north of Cyprus. Access will be given over a three year period, starting in January 2016, with ten sites to be excavated each year.

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The Three CMP Members in Brussels

(Nicosia, 27 October 2015) – Three CMP Members in Brussels: From 20 to 23 October, 2015 the Committee on Missing Persons had meetings in Brussels with members of the European Parliament’s Budget and LIBE committees as well as with senior European Commission officials. They also met with representatives of several European Union member States.

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