CMP to return to New York to complete review of archives to help find burial site

Committee on Missing Persons officials will have to return to New York to complete the review of relevant archive holdings that could aid the discovery of possible burial sites of missing persons.

A CMP press release said that from 24 April to 5 May, two Cypriot researchers and the 3rd Member of the CMP searched confidential and publicly accessible United Nations archives from the 1963/4 and 1974 periods for information that could aid the discovery of possible burial sites of missing persons.

Their effort yielded documents that will now be analysed by CMP investigators, it said, adding that a further visit will be required to complete the review of relevant archive holdings in New York.

This, it said, is part of a wider effort undertaken by the CMP involving relevant archives of 12 countries as well as of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

On 8 and 9 May, the CMP said, the three Members of the CMP visited United Nations Headquarters in New York. Amongst other senior officials, they met with Jeffrey Feltman, Under Secretay-General for Political Affairs and Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations who assured the Members of the United Nations continued support for the CMP.

Members presented the CMPs 2017 to 2020 strategy which aims to speed up the project by investing in new technologies and tapping into new sources of information.

The Members thanked the United Nations for providing full access to its archives in New York and Nicosia.

So far, 750 missing persons from both communities have been identified and returned to their families for a dignified burial.

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.

The CMP was 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