CMP members to hold meetings in Brussels to secure funding for Committee’s operations

Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) members will hold meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday in Brussels with European Commission officials and with members of the European Parliament.

CMP Third Member Paul-Henri Arni said in a post on facebook that the aim of their contacts is to secure funding for CMPs increasingly costly operations.”

We previously had to deal with simple cases of missing persons. We now have to identify more and more complex cases from mass graves which require several costly DNA analysis to re-associate the mixed remains and return them to their families for a dignified burial, Arni noted.

CNA has learned that CMP members will hold a meeting with European Commission Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) Director Mary McCarthy and Kjartan Bjornsson, Head of the Unit for Cyprus Settlement Support.

Moreover, they will hold meetings with MEP, Standing Rapporteur on Missing Persons Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar, LIBE Chairman MEP Claude Moraes, German MEP Reimer Boge and Cypriot MEPs Lefteris Christoforou, Eleni Theocharous, Takis Hadjigeorgiou, Neoklis Sylikiotis and Costas Mavrides.

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