Turkey donates Euros 83,500 to the CMP

Turkey made a donation of Euros 83,500 on Monday to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP), bringing the Turkish financial assistance to the CMP to a total of Euros 909,500 over the past eleven years, the CMP says in a press release.

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 suffering which has affected so many families for so many years, the CMP says.

It adds that so far, the remains of 870 missing persons 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 says.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invade and occupied its northern third. Hundreds of Greek Cypriots went missing during the invasion, mostly combatants but also women, children, and elderly persons. During the same period and in the early 1960s when intercommunal fighting broke out, Turkish Cypriots went missing too.

The Committee on Missing Persons 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.

The CMP is a tripartite intercommunal investigatory committee comprising a representative of the Greek Cypriot community, a representative of the Turkish Cypriot community, and a third member nominated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and appointed by the UN Secretary General.

Source: Cyprus News Agency