Phase 11

[Closed] Support to the Committee on Missing Persons

Donors:European Commission
Beneficiaries:Turkish Cypriot Community and Greek Cypriot Community
Focus Area:Governance and Peacebuilding
Partners:Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP)
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Project Summary:

The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) project on the exhumation, identification, and return of remains of missing persons, is a bi-communal undertaking, whereby the process is carried out by a bi-communal team of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot professionals.

This activity often helps bring closure to the families. Throughout the various phases of the CMP project and even after the return of the remains of an identified missing person, CMP psychologists and social workers provide psycho-social support to family members.

UNDP, in full synergy with the overall mandate of the Committee of Missing Persons in Cyprus, is responsible for the day-to-day administrative, financial and procurement implementation of the project.

The Committee on Missing Persons issues regular progress updates and statistical progress reports which can be viewed on their Current Statistics on CMP Progress page.

The European Union is the main financing source for the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus, with a total contribution of €28.1 million up to phase 11.  The European Commission's recent agreement with the UNDP provides an additional €2.6 million for the work of the CMP for phase 11 of the project, aiming first of all to increase the number of remains of missing persons returned to their families but also to build local capacity and trust between communities.



  • Build trust by bringing the two communities to work together;

  • Reduce the number of missing persons by locating and returning the remaining missing persons to their families; and

  • Increase awareness and build local capacities.




Number of new burial sites located across Cyprus


Percentage of excavation sites with remains found


Number of individuals exhumed

50 persons identified, 25 of whom were missing persons

Number of missing persons identified


Number of identified individuals returned to their families