The book ‘Beneath the Carob Trees-The Lost Lives of Cyprus’ was launched at the Goethe Institute, in Nicosia by three members of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP).
The book records the work of the bi-communal committee and volunteers who since April 1981, have been making efforts to find the remains of the missing and to support reconciliation between the two Cypriot communities.
More than 1,000 excavations and exhumations have been made across the island in the past decade, finding the remains of men, women and children who went missing 40 or 50 years ago and returning them to their families.
The CMP was established under the auspices of the United Nations.
It is reported that 1,508 Greek Cypriots went missing and 493 Turkish Cypriots. The remains of 499 Greek Cypriot and 181 Turkish Cypriots have been identified and returned to their families.