About the CMP

July 2007 marked a turning point of historical significance: the CMP began returning the first remains of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot individuals to their families. These individuals had been missing since the tragic events of 1963-64 and 1974.

The primary objective of the CMP is to enable relatives of missing persons to recover the remains of their loved ones, arrange for a proper burial and close a long period of anguish and uncertainty. Most Cypriot families have been directly or indirectly affected and it is hoped that the healing of old wounds will in turn favour the overall process of reconciliation between both communities.

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Press Releases

Recovery of remains at CMP excavation in Kondemenos (Kılıçaslan)
Oct 12, 2017
PRESS RELEASE Recovery of remains at CMP excavation in Kondemenos (Kılıçaslan)  (Nicosia, 12 October 2017) - On 10 October, CMP excavation teams located the remains of 2 individuals in an ongoing exhumation in a military zone at Kondemenos (Kılıçaslan). The CMP’s bi-communal excavation teams are...
CMP Members hold talks in London
Sep 27, 2017
 PRESS RELEASE CMP Members hold talks in London (Nicosia, 27 September 2017) - From 25 to 27 September 2017, the three CMP Members Gülden Plümer Kücük, Nestoras Nestoros and Paul-Henri Arni held talks in London with officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence and...
Ireland donates 25,000 Euro to the CMP
Jul 21, 2017
PRESS RELEASE Ireland donates 25,000 Euro to the CMP (Nicosia, 21 July 2017) - The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) wishes to express its sincere thanks to Ireland for its donation of EUR 25,000 made today. This brings the Irish financial assistance to the CMP to a total of EUR 325,000 over the...

Quick Facts

Number of missing people:

Greek Cypriots: 1510

Turkish Cypriots: 492

Identified Individuals returned to their families:

Greek Cypriots: 632

Turkish Cypriots: 193

Sites excavated:

Opened: 1166 (No of Human remains on sites: 1211)

Sets of Remains analyzed:


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CMP in the news

Mar 05, 2017
Thousands of deaths, secret mass graves and decades steeped in anger — small but strategically located Cyprus has much to teach the world about the...
Mar 09, 2017
There were 84 skeletons, all in one place. It wasn't the first, or the last, mass grave Ceren Ceraloglu would search, but the feeling of standing...