European Commission’s Director-General Mario Nava visits CMP Anthropological Laboratory

Release Date: June 08, 2021


(Nicosia, 8 June 2021) A European Commission delegation led by Director-General for Structural Reform Support Mr. Mario Nava held discussions today with the three Members of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) at the CMP Anthropological Laboratory.

Director-General Nava reaffirmed the European Union (EU) Aid Program’s long-term financial support to CMP’s bicommunal project, which is helping Cypriot families to heal deep wounds from the past. The EU’s contribution made it possible to first launch and now sustain CMP’s operations. Since 2006, the EU has contributed EUR 30,7 million to CMP and remains the Committee’s largest and most regular donor. In 2021 alone, the EU committed EUR 2.6 million. This level of generous support has led so far to the exhumation, identification and return of 1,006 of the 2,002 missing persons in Cyprus to their families for dignified burials.

The CMP Members expressed their gratitude to Director-General Nava for the EU’s ongoing support and informed him that the Committee is presently intensifying its efforts to locate new burial sites across the island.

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