Portugal donates 15,000 euro to the Committee on Missing Persons

Portugal made its first donation amounting to 15,000 euro to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) on Wednesday.

The CMP expressed its sincere thanks to Portugal for its donation in a press release, issued here today.

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 noted.

The Committee said that so far, 856 missing persons from both communities have been identified and returned to the families for a dignified burial.

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

Hundreds of Greek Cypriots went missing during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, most of them combatants but also women, children and elderly people. During the same period and in the early 1960 when intercommunal fighting broke out scores of Turkish Cypriots went missing too. The CMP, comprising one representative from each community on the island and a UN representative, was set up in the early 1980s with a view to locate, unearth and return remains of persons whose fate has been unaccounted for to their next of kin.

Source: Cyprus News Agency