Mis-Identifications not under CMP Responsibility
(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). One media outlet misleadingly illustrated their reporting on this discovery with a photograph of the CMP laboratory.
The CMP would like to emphasize that these mis-identifications were not carried out by the CMP but were part of a programme conducted by the Greek Cypriot authorities prior to the initiation, in 2006, of the CMP effort to locate, exhume and identify 2003 missing persons from both communities. These misidentifications have come to light as the result of recent identifications by the CMP of the correct remains of the two persons that had been exhumed by the CMP.