The Netherlands donate  EUR 250,000 to CMP

Release Date: May 04, 2007


(Nicosia, 4 May 2007) – The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus wishes to express its gratitude to the government of the Netherlands for its generous donation of EUR 250,000 announced on the occasion of the Queen’s Day by the Dutch Ambassador in Cyprus.

This donation will help the CMP pursue its project on the Exhumation, Identification and Return of Remains of Missing Persons in Cyprus well into 2008.

It is estimated that the remains exhumed so far relate to over 250 individuals. Scientific examination of the remains is being carried out at the CMP Anthropological Laboratory in the buffer zone in Nicosia by a bi-communal team of anthropologists under the guidance of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team. DNA identification is underway at the Laboratory of Forensic Genetics at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics.

The CMP is aiming to return the first identified remains of missing persons to their relatives by the early summer.

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