Press releases

  • 27 Oct 2017 - Nicosia, 27 October 2017 – Big Game Hunting Season starts on 5th of November. UNFICYP would like to remind hunters that hunting in the buffer zone is strictly prohibited. Entering the buffer zone area in order to perform any kind of hunting activities, including, but not limited to, those contemplating the use of weapons and/or dogs, runs the risk of drawing fire from either of the opposing forces, and is therefore dangerous and irresponsible.
  • 24 Oct 2017 - NEW YORK, 24 October 2017 - Our world faces many grave challenges. Widening conflicts and inequality. Extreme weather and deadly intolerance. Security threats – including nuclear weapons. We have the tools and wealth to overcome these challenges. All we need is the will. The world’s problems transcend borders. We have to transcend our differences to transform our future.
  • 04 Oct 2017 - Nicosia, 4 October 2017 – At 10:50 am this morning, an UNFICYP vehicle carrying humanitarian supplies departed Nicosia for Greek Cypriot communities in the Karpas, as has been regular practice for close to four decades. UNFICYP was obliged to limit today’s delivery to medical aid supplies, following the Turkish Cypriot administration’s unilateral decision to impose taxes and fees on other humanitarian goods. 
  • 27 Jul 2017 -  The Security Council today renewed the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for six months today, while asking the Secretary-General to conduct a strategic review of the mission.
  • 29 Jun 2017 - NICOSIA, 29 June 2017 - On 29 June, a CMP excavation team located the remains of at least one individual in a military area in Deryneia/Derinya. The CMP’s bi-communal excavation teams are continuing excavations at Voni/Gökhan, Bogazi/Boğaz and Kontemenos/ Kılıçarslan which are within military areas, and at Kioneli/Gönyeli, Agia Irini/Akdeniz, Galateia/Mehmetçik, Neo Chorio Kythreas/Minereliköy and Mari/Tatlısu village at Larnaka District.
  • 18 Jun 2017 - NEW YORK, 18 June 2017 - Today we pay tribute to the women, girls, men and boys who have suffered the atrocity of sexual violence in conflict, and we reaffirm our global commitment to eliminate this scourge.
  • 02 Jun 2017 - Press release on behalf of the Bi-communal Technical Committee on Education
  • 12 May 2017 - New York, 11 May 2017 - From 24 April to 5 May, two Cypriot researchers and the 3rd Member of the CMP searched confidential and publicly accessible United Nations archives from the 1963/4 and 1974 periods for information that could aid the discovery of possible burial sites of missing persons. Their effort yielded documents that will now be analysed by CMP investigators. A further visit will be required to complete the review of relevant archive holdings in New York.
  • 10 Apr 2017 - Nicosia, 10 April 2017 - The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus is pleased to announce the signing of two separate Memoranda of Understanding with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Argentinian Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF).
  • 01 Apr 2017 - NICOSIA, 31 March 2017 - The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) wishes to express its sincere thanks to the United Kingdom for its donation of EUR 124,000 made today by H.E. Mr. Matthew Kidd, British High Commissioner to Cyprus, during a visit to the CMP Anthropological Laboratory. This brings direct British financial assistance to the CMP to a total of EUR 297,000 over the past ten years.