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CMP Intensifies Search for Missing

cmpThe Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) has intensified its search for people who went missing during Cyprus conflicts in the 1960's and 70's, boosting the number of teams to seven in the north and two in the south.

The CMP said it has retrieved the skeletal remains of 760 people and has identified and returned the remains of 209 Greek Cypriots and 54 Turkish Cypriots to their families.

There are 1600 Cypriot families who are still waiting for information on their loved ones who have been missing for decades, said the CMP.

"Their pain is the pain of all Cypriots, their tragedy is the tragedy of the entire Cyprus, and all involved must join together to heal the wounds of the past," said the CMP in a statement.

The organisation has appealed for anyone who has information on buried remains thought to belong to conflict victims to come forward. Confidentiality will be protected, said the CMP.

Their announcement comes amid today's reunification talks between President Demetris Christofias and Turkish-Cypriot leader in the United Nations Protected Area (UNPA).

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