CMP efforts to determine fate of missing persons should not cease, Nestoros says

Irrespective of the number of remains found, the efforts of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) should not cease until the fate of every missing person has been determined, says an announcement by the office of the Greek Cypriot member of the CMP, Nestoras Nestoros.

It is noted that the CMP was established and operates since 1981 upon agreement between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities, under the aegis of the United Nations. Excavations began in 2006 with financial support from the EU, the Republic of Cyprus and other donors.

There has always been political support for the continuation of the work of the CMP, thus its 12 year-long stable presence, a fact that is being acknowledged worldwide, the announcement continues.

According to Nestoros’ office, both the financial and political support from the Republic of Cyprus exist today for the continuation of the work of CMP.

Once more, our position is that irrespective of the number of remains found, efforts should not cease until the fate of every missing person has been determined it is added.

All chronic problems require collective efforts and a practical approach, in order to finally solve this humanitarian problem in a short period of time, the announcement concludes.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Since then, the fate of hundreds of people remains unknown.

A Committee on Missing Persons has been established, upon agreement between the leaders of the two communities, with the scope of exhuming, identifying and returning the remains of missing persons to their relatives.

Source: Cyprus News Agency