CMP announces donation of Euros 25,000 from Ireland

The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) announced today that Ireland has donated Euros 25,000, bringing its total financial assistance to the Committees work in the past ten years to Euros 325,000.

It a press release, the CMP expresses its sincere thanks to Ireland.

“This donation to the CMP Project on the exhumation, identification and return of remains of missing persons in Cyprus will contribute to the Committee’s goal of identifying and returning as many remains of missing individuals as possible in order to bring an end to the uncertainty which has affected so many families for so many years,” the press release says.

So far, it adds, “801 missing persons from both communities have been identified and returned to the families for a dignified burial.”

The CMP relies on donor support to alleviate the suffering of the concerned families, the press release concludes.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Hundreds of Greek Cypriots went missing during the invasion.

The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) is a bi-communal body established in 1981.

Following the establishment of an agreed list of missing persons, the CMP’s objective is to recover, identify, and return to their families, the remains of 2000 persons (492 Turkish Cypriots and 1,508 Greek Cypriots) who went missing during the inter-communal fighting of 1963 to 1964 and the Turkish invasion of 1974.

Source: Cyprus News Agency