THE European Commission has signed the seventh contribution agreement with the United Nations Development Programme providing a further €2.6m in support to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus.
The first payment of over €2m has just been released.
“These additional funds underline the strong commitment of the European Union to continue to support the work of the CMP. By addressing the painful legacy of the past, the work of the CMP contributes to the process of rapprochement and reconciliation between both Cypriot communities,” said a statement from the Commission.
Since 2006, the European Union has been the main source of funding to the CMP. The new EU funds will cover the costs of the work of the bi-communal Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot scientific teams involved in all stages of the process.
The funds will also contribute to the costs related to investigations, excavations, exhumations, DNA analysis, return of missing persons; as well as events, trainings and awareness-raising to further promote confidence building.
Last year was the year with the highest rate of identifications ever: remains of 157 persons who had gone missing were returned to their families. Since 2006, the remains of 573 missing persons have been identified and returned to their families.
These new funds bring the EU contribution so far in support to the CMP up to €14.7m.