Press releases

  • So far, 614 missing persons from both communities have been identified and returned to their families for a dignified burial

    09 Nov 2015 - Nicosia, 9 November 2015 - The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) wishes to express its sincere thanks to H.E. Mr Mustafa Akıncı for a donation of EUR 75,000 made on behalf of the Turkish Cypriot community on 5 November 2015. This brings the Turkish Cypriot financial assistance to the CMP to a total of EUR 308,000 over the past ten years.
  • The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus laboratory in Nicosia

    05 Nov 2015 - Nicosia, 5 November 2015 - Today, the CMP was notified by the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mr Mustafa Akıncı, that Turkey had formally agreed to provide access for CMP excavation teams to all 30 currently known suspected burial sites in military areas in the north of Cyprus. Access will be given over a three year period, starting in January 2016, with ten sites to be excavated each year. 
  • Slovakia's Ambassador to Cyprus Dr Oksana Tomová, makes a statement during a visit to the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus by representatives from political parties representing both communities in Cyprus. UNFICYP/Juraj Hladky

    05 Nov 2015 - NICOSIA, 5 November 2015 - The three CMP Members and the many Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot scientists working at the CMP laboratory were happy to welcome today representatives from political parties representing both communities in Cyprus.  The representatives were briefed on the complex process of locating, exhuming and identifying missing persons. The CMP Members also briefed them on the progress made and on the main challenges that the CMP is facing. 
  • 30 Oct 2015 - NICOSIA, 30 October 2015 - Today, the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, met in a spirit of cooperation, reconfirming their joint vision for a united Cyprus as set out in the Joint Declaration of 11 February 2014.
  • 27 Oct 2015 - 27 October 2015 - From 20 to 23 October, 2015 the Committee on Missing Persons had meetings in Brussels with members of the European Parliament’s Budget and LIBE committees  as well as with senior European Commission officials. They also met with representatives of several European Union member States.
  • 13 Oct 2015 - Nicosia, 13 October - “I very much hope that I will be the first and last Global Advocate to see landmines on this beautiful island,” stated the United Nations Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards, British actor Daniel Craig. Craig is visiting Cyprus on a two day familiarisation visit with the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), his first mission since his appointment by the United Nations Secretary-General as Global Advocate.
  • 12 Oct 2015 - NICOSIA, 12 October 2015 - Today, the Greek Cypriot leader Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, deliberated on the outstanding issues in the negotiations. Conscious of the need to build on the current momentum, they had a constructive exchange on remaining divergences and instructed the negotiators on the way forward. 
  • 02 Oct 2015 - New York, 2 October 2015 - The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Mustafa Akinci, leader of the Turkish Cypriot Community.
  • 14 Sep 2015 - NICOSIA, 14 September 2015 - Today, the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, and the Greek Cypriot leader Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, discussed the state of play across chapters since negotiations resumed four months ago.
  • 10 Sep 2015 - NICOSIA, 10 September 2015 - Religious and political leaders came together for the first time in support of peace in Cyprus. The religious leaders of Cyprus have come a long way since the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process under the auspices of the Embassy of Sweden brought them together in 2009. At that time, the religious leaders had not talked to each other, only about each other and their communities, since the conflict started in 1963.

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