Press releases

  • 01 Feb 2016 - Cyprus has seen many positive developments concerning the treatment of people in detention, but still faces several challenges, particularly regarding the independent monitoring of places of detention and the treatment of migrants, the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) has said after visiting the country.
  • 21 Jan 2016 - Good afternoon – I just had a good meeting with the Greek Cypriot leader, H.E. Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, the Turkish Cypriot leader, H.E. Mr. Mustafa Akıncı and my Special Adviser, Mr. Espen Barth Eide.   This was my first meeting with both leaders together. It was a very good opportunity for me to hear directly from them about their efforts since they resumed negotiations in May 2015.  
  • 31 Dec 2015 - The U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) today ends a ten year, multi-million dollar initiative that has bridged differences and helped make the Cyprus  conflict easier to solve by improving dialogue, communication and understanding on the long-divided island.
  • 23 Dec 2015 - The Mufti of Cyprus, Dr Talip Atalay prayed at Hala Sultan Tekke on 23rd December 2015 together with 1000 faithful during a special pilgrimage on the occasion of the Mawlid ul Nabi / Mevlid, celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad.
  • 20 Dec 2015 - Today, the leader of the Greek Cypriot community, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, visited the CMP laboratory and met with the three CMP Members and many of the Committee’s Greek and Turkish Cypriot scientists.
  • 20 Dec 2015 - Today, the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Mustafa Akıncı and the Greek Cypriot leader Mr. Nicos Anastasiades held the last leaders’ meeting of 2015. 
  • 25 Nov 2015 - NICOSIA, 25 November 2015 - The Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akɪncɪ, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, met for the sixth time during a series of intensive sessions held in the month of November.      In the course of these six sessions, the two leaders have discussed a number of issues in most of the chapters interdependently and in great depth and have made further progress.
  • 18 Nov 2015 - 18 November 2015 - The Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akɪncɪ, condemn in the strongest terms the shameful incidents that occurred on 16 November 2015, during which Turkish Cypriots were targeted.   The leaders stand together against racism and hatred, whatever the source.  They jointly affirm that such deplorable acts will be thoroughly investigated and will not go unpunished. 
  • 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.