The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP)* has expressed its sincere gratitude to the Government of Turkey for its latest donation of US$ 100,000 to the CMP.
A press release issued by the Committee says that “this ninth donation brings the Turkish financial assistance to the CMP to a total of USD 737,000 over the past seven years”.
It is added that “the donation to the CMP Project on the Exhumation, Identification and Return of Remains of Missing Persons in Cyprus will contribute to the Committee’s goal of identifying and returning as many remains of missing individuals as possible in order to bring an end to the uncertainty which has affected so many families for so many years”.
So far, the human remains of over 1,000 individuals have been exhumed while more than 400 missing persons have been identified and returned to the families for a proper burial.
The CMP relies on donor support to continue to carry out its mandate.
* July 2007 marked a turning point of historical significance when 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.