Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) – Digging for a Future

www.cmp-cyprus.org “I wonder how So many meanings fit in one word, So much catastrophe in a moment, So much rage in a box of bones.” “Bones of a Missing Person” by Chrystalla Magani This quote is the opening frame of the “Digging for a future” a documentary on the work of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP), which was launched 14 October 2010 at Ledra Palace Hotel in the buffer zone area of Nicosia. The documentary shows why the CMP is one of the most successful examples of the bi-communal cooperation in Cyprus and illustrates the committee’s efforts to locate, identify and return to their respective families the remains of about 2000 Cypriots who vanished in the violence and conflict of the 1960s and 1970s. It also features statements of families of the missing and a message by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. At the launching of the documentary, Mrs. Elsi Christofias, wife of Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias underscored the importance of the CMP’s work for building “a more constructive vision this island needs the most” and Kudret Özersay, Representative of Turkish Cypriot leader Derviş Eroğlu pledged that they would do their utmost to prevent any obstacles from blocking the way of the humanitarian task of the CMP. In the documentary, the wider impact of the CMP’s work on the peace efforts in Cyprus was highlighted by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who stated that “Determining the fate of missing persons occupies increasingly prominent

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