Committee on Missing Persons announces new identifications by end of January
Nicosia, Jan 15 – More identifications of remains, believed to belonging to Greek and Turkish Cypriot missing persons, are set to be announced by the end of the month, a press release issued by the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) says.
“Exhumations are being carried out island-wide by Cypriot scientists of the CMP bi-communal team,” the press release says, adding that CMP scientists, working with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, have met with the bi-communal team of geneticists working at the Laboratory of Forensic Genetics of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics.
The Committee will pursue its project on the exhumation, identification and return of remains of missing persons in 2008 thanks to the generous contributions received to date from its donors. The CMP project budget for 2008 is €2.4 mil ($3.5 mil) and a substantial part of that total amount is already covered by previous European Commission donations. As a result, the current outstanding needs are of €750,000 ($1.1 mil). Further details are available on the CMP website: www.cmp-cyprus.org
The CMP, set up in 1981, is looking into cases of persons reported as missing in the intercommunal fighting in the early 1960s as well as during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
In the past few years, the committee has identified remains of persons from both communities who had been listed as missing. The remains have been returned to the families concerned.