The European Union donates €2.6 million to CMP

Release Date: 16 February 2023


(Nicosia, 16 February 2023) – The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) wishes to express its deep appreciation to the European Union (EU) for its financial contribution of €2.6 million which was received on 9th of February 2023.

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. Thus far, the EU has funded €35,9 million of CMP’s operations and is the Committee’s largest financial contributor.

In 2023, these funds will support the CMP with its goal to identify and return the remains of missing individuals and to bring to an end the uncertainty which has affected the families for so many years.

So far, 1,029 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 that alleviates the suffering of the concerned families.

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