The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus yesterday expressed its “sincere gratitude to the government of Turkey for its commitment and continued support” following its donation of US $100,000. Turkish ambassador, Halil Ibrahim Akca handed over a check worth $100,000 dollars to the Missing Persons Committee, today.This eighth donation brings the total Turkish financial assistance to the CMP to US $637,000 over the past six years.
“This 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,” said a CMP announcement.
To date, human remains representing over 900 individuals have been exhumed while over 340 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.
Turkey continues to financially contribute to the Missing Persons Committee in Cyprus.
The CMP was established in April 1981 by agreement between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities under the auspices of the United Nations. It is one of the only institutionalised, bi-communal committees in Cyprus.