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 Red Cross and CMP to monitor needs of relatives of the Missing

CMP members digging for remains of missing persons

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) said on Wednesday they have launched a joint Family Needs Assessment (FNA) programme for families that do not know the fate and whereabouts of their missing relatives in relation to the events of 1963-1964 and 1974.

The six-month assessment will be carried out with 200 families of missing persons in both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities and will consist of face-to-face interviews as well as focus group discussions, a written statement said.

The assessment is of a humanitarian nature and aims to identify specific needs that relatives of missing persons from both communities in Cyprus may have due to the absence of answers regarding the fate of missing relatives and understand possible causes.

It also aims to identify existing CMP and external resources that are available to address health, social affairs and education needs and assess the operational capacity and quality of these proposed services and propose an adequate response.

The ICRC has conducted similar Family Needs Assessments in many countries affected by conflict and violence. For the Cyprus project, it has seconded a senior advisor from its headquarters to coordinate the research in Cyprus until April 2019.

The outcome of this joint assessment will be presented to authorities along with recommendations. A public version of the report will also be published.

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