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European Commission increases budget for missing persons

File photo - President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci at the Anthropological Laboratory (CAL) of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP)

The European Commission pledged a budget extension of €358,000 to help cover the Committee on Missing Persons’ (CMP) increasing identification costs, it was announced on Thursday.

According to a statement, in response to a budget extension request made by the CMP, the European Commission has confirmed to the three CMP Members in Brussels that an ad hoc extension had exceptionally been granted.

This budget extension to the commission’s 2018 contribution of €2.6 million will help cover increasing DNA costs resulting from more complex cases the CMP has to deal with to re-associate human remains that were mixed up in mass graves.

On behalf of the families of missing persons in Cyprus, the CMP members expressed their gratitude to the commission, by far its largest donor since the project started in 2006.

The CMP Members met in Brussels on June 26 and 27 with Head of the Cyprus Settlement Support Unit at the European Commission Kjartan Björnsson. At the European Parliament, they met with Standing Rapporteur on Missing Persons in Cyprus Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Chair of the Conference of Chairs Cecilia Wikström, Member of the Committee on Budgets Raimer Böge, and five MEPs from Cyprus – Dr. Eleni Theocharous, Takis Hadjigeorgiou, Neoklis Sylikiotis, Costas Mavrides and Demetris Papadakis.

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