CMP excavation recovers remains of missing persons in Cyprus

Excavation teams of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) located this week the remains of two individuals in an ongoing exhumation in a military zone at the Turkish occupied area of Kondemenos.

A press release issued today by the CMP says that its bi-communal excavation teams are continuing excavations in Asha/Pasaköy, Haspolat/Mia Millia, Voni/Gökhan, Mora/Meriç, Akçiçek/Sisklipos and Mari.

The CMP extends its warmest sympathy to the families of the missing persons and makes a plea, once again, to the people of the island to support the Committee’s efforts by calling and providing information regarding the missing persons through the lines: +357 22 400142 (G/C Member`s Office) and 181 (T/C Member`s Office).

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Since then, the fate of hundreds of people remains unknown.

A Committee on Missing Persons has been established, upon agreement between the leaders of the two communities, with the scope of exhuming, identifying and returning the remains of missing persons to their relatives.

The CMP is a tripartite intercommunal investigatory committee comprising a representative of the Greek Cypriot community, a representative of the Turkish Cypriot community, and a Third Member nominated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and appointed by the UN Secretary General.

source: CNA