CMP Identifies another twelve Missing Persons

Release Date: Feb 11, 2008


(Nicosia, 11 February 2008) – The anthropologists and geneticists working on the CMP Project on the Exhumation, Identification and Return of Remains of Missing Persons in Cyprus notified the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) of 12 new identifications. All the families concerned have been informed by the CMP over the past few days.

The total number of missing persons identified so far through the CMP project is 83. Additional identifications of remains are expected in the weeks to come.

Exhumations continue to be carried out island-wide by Cypriot archaeologists and anthropologists of the CMP Bi-Communal Team. One team is working in Gerasa on the search of remains of Turkish Cypriot missing, while two teams are working in Kyrenia and in the Mesaoria plain on the search for Greek Cypriot missing persons. Similarly, exhumation work was also carried out recently in the region of the Karpasia.

The CMP wishes to extend its condolences to the families concerned while expressing the hope that despite the sorrow they will undoubtedly experience, some peace may eventually be found after so many years of painful uncertainty.

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