CMP’s reports on its operations during the month of April

Release Date: Apr 30, 2021

PRESS RELEASE

Nicosia, 29 April 2021 – The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) has continued its activities during the month of April in an effort to locate, exhume and identify more missing persons.

CMP exhumed additional human remains at an excavation site in Bellapais / Balabayıs. This exhumation increases the estimated number of persons recovered at this location to three and the total number of persons exhumed in 2021 across the island to six. Excavations continue throughout Cyprus at seven sites.

Since January 2021, CMP has identified 12 missing persons despite losing 41 working days due to Covid-19 related movement restrictions in January and February. Work at the Committee’s Anthropological Laboratory resumed at the beginning of March 2021.

Today, CMP was also informed that Covid-19 related access restrictions, which had been in place for one year, were lifted at 10 military sites in the north. The Committee is making preparations to conduct excavations at these locations shortly.

Lastly, CMP would like to remind the public that if they have any information about a missing person, they can submit it anonymously by calling 151 from the southern part of the island or 181 from the northern part of the island.

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