Switzerland donates CHF250,000 in support of CMP

Release Date: 7 June 2024


(Nicosia, 7 June 2024) – On 5 June 2024, the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) received €255,254 (CHF250,000) from Switzerland. This is the second instalment of Switzerland’s CHF1 million contribution to CMP that will be dispersed from 2023 to 2026. The new donation brings Switzerland’s financial assistance to the CMP to a total of €848,452 since 2014. These funds will primarily support CMP’s genetic analysis in 2024 and contribute to the Committee’s goal of identifying and returning the remains of missing individuals, bringing to an end the uncertainty which has affected the families for so many years.

The CMP was established in 1981 by an agreement between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot leaders, under the auspices of the United Nations. The CMP Project on the Exhumation, Identification and Return of Remains of Missing Persons in Cyprus became operational in 2006 and is co-funded by the European Union.

So far, 1,047 missing persons from both Cypriot communities have been identified and returned to their families for dignified burials.

CMP relies on donor support to implement its bi-communal project.

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