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

Feb 16, 2018

(Nicosia, 16 February 2018) - On 16 February, Cypriot media widely reported on the mis-identification of the remains of two Greek Cypriots that had been carried out in 2005 under a programme by the Greek Cypriot authorities in cooperation with the Cyprus Institute for Neurology and Genetics (CING) and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR).

Jan 31, 2018

(Nicosia, 31st January 2018) - The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) wishes to express its sincere thanks to Portugal for its donation of EUR 15,000 made today.

Nov 25, 2017

(Nicosia, 25 November 2017) - As part of their overall effort to find new information on unknown burial sites in Cyprus in military and police archives of twelve countries, the three CMP Members held talks on 21 November in Vienna with officials of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Defense.

Quick Facts

Number of missing people:

Greek Cypriots: 1511

Turkish Cypriots: 492

Identified Individuals returned to their families:

Greek Cypriots: 651

Turkish Cypriots: 210

Sites excavated:

Opened: 1194 (No of Human remains on sites: 1221)

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...