The Republic of Cyprus donates €300,000 to CMP

Release Date: 1 July 2024

PRESS RELEASE

(Nicosia, 1 July 2024) – The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) received a donation of €300,000 from the Republic of Cyprus on 1 July 2024. This contribution brings the Republic of Cyprus’ financial assistance to the CMP to a total of €4,012,700 since 2005. During the July 2023 visit of the leaders to the CMP Anthropological Laboratory, there was agreement to increase CMP’s excavation capacity. This new donation will support CMP’s work in 2024, including the strengthening of the excavation teams. The funds will also 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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