Ireland has donated 25 thousand Euro in financial assistance to the Committee on Missing Persons.
A statement by the CMP said the committee expresses its sincere thanks to Ireland for its donation of EUR 25,000 made today which brings the Irish financial assistance to the CMP to a total of EUR 275,000 over the past ten 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”.
So far, 614 missing persons from both communities have been identified and returned to the families for a dignified burial.
The CMP, the statement added, relies on donor support to alleviate the suffering of the concerned families.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The fate of hundreds of people remains unknown. UN-led talks, aiming to reunite the island under a federal roof, resumed on May 15, this year.
The 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.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY