A new agreement for the support of the Commission of Inquiry for the Missing (CMP) amounting to 2.6 million euros has been signed by the European Commission, according to a relevant announcement.
As the European Union's assistance program to the Turkish Cypriot community underlines, it continues to provide assistance to facilitate the reunification of Cyprus, and as part of its efforts, the European Commission has signed a new agreement in support of the CMP.
This is the 13th delegation agreement between the European Commission and the United Nations Development Program, which provides for the addition of 2.6 million euros to support the work of the CMP for the year 2022.
Since 2006, the remains of 1,020 missing persons have been identified and returned to their families. It is also noted that since 2006, the European Commission has been the largest donor to support the CMP project, with a total contribution of € 33 million, which demonstrates the European Commission's strong commitment to peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts in Cyprus, the announcement states.
Stresses that the European Commission supports the work of bi-communal Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot scientific teams participating in all stages of the process, as well as awareness-raising activities. These activities contribute to a better understanding of mutual concerns and to the promotion of cooperation between the Cypriot communities.
In addition, the CMP's humanitarian mandate contributes to providing assistance to the families of the missing, which is a crucial aspect of the island's overall reconciliation efforts, the statement concluded.