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UN Cyprus Committee on Missing Persons

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the annual budgetary requirement of the UN Cyprus Committee on Missing Persons is; how many sets of human remains of (a) Greek Cypriots and (b) Turkish Cypriots the Committee has (i) recovered, (ii) identified and (iii) returned to relatives; how many sites the Committee has (A) investigated and (B) excavated; how many sites remain to be investigated; how much the Government has provided for the work of the Committee in each of the last four years; which other countries and organisations have provided for in each of the last four years, and how much in each case; if he will consider making further funds available to meet the Committee's budgetary requirements; and if he will make a statement. (245054)

The annual budget requirement for 2009 is $3m. So far 466 bodies have been exhumed of which 352 are Greek Cypriot, 104 Turkish Cypriot and 10 sets of remains whose details have yet to be determined.

Of the exhumed bodies, 110 have been identified and returned of which 78 are Greek Cypriot and 32 Turkish Cypriot.

The Committee have excavated more than 200 grave sites, out of which less than half yielded remains. There are no figures for the number of sites which are still to be investigated - mapping out the grave sites is an ongoing task carried out by both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot members of the Committee of Missing Persons (CMP).

The level of UK donations over the last four years has been:

US$

2004

50,000

2006

86,257

2007

23,041

A full list of donations is:

Donors

Status

Date

Amount in currency

Amount in USD1

United Kingdom

Donation

November 2004

US$50,000

US$50,000

Cyprus

Donation

November 2005

CY£ 60,000

US$138,249

Germany

Donation

December 2005

€100,000

US$134,409

Greece

Donation

January 2006

CY£ 29,999

US$69,122

Greece

Donation

January 2006

CY£ 20,0002

US$46,083

Turkey

Donation

January 20063

US$ 100,000

US$ 100,000

Cyprus

Donation

February 2006

CY£ 70,000

US$ 161,290

United Kingdom

Donation

April 2006

CY£ 37,435.50

US$ 86,257

Turkish Cypriots

Donation

May 2006

CY£ 71,119.35

US$ 163,869

Cyprus

Donation

June 2006

CY£ 70,000

US$161,290

Cyprus

Donation

July 2006

CY£ 200,000

US$460,829

Turkey

Donation

September 2006

US$ 87,000

US$ 87,000

Spain

Donation

November 2006

€100,000

US$134,409

Ireland

Donation

November 2006

€50,000

US$67,204

Belgium

Donation

February 2007

€250,000

US$ 336,022

European Commission

Donation

July 2007

€1,500,0004

US$ 2,016,129

United States

Donation

April-October 2007

US$ 135,0005

US$ 135,000

United Kingdom

Donation

May 2007

CY£ 10,000

US$23,041

Turkey

Donation

July 2007

US$50,000

US$50,000

United States

Donation

July 2007

US$ 411,5705

US$ 411,470

Cyprus

Donation

October 2007

Mechanical digger + parts

US$ 102,677

Australia

Donation

October 2007

AU$10,000

US$ 8,000

Ireland

Donation

December 2007

€50,000

US$.73,600

Netherlands

Donation

January 2008

€250,000

US$.372,123

Cyprus

Grant

February 2008

€165,600

US$ 244,922

Greece

Donation

July 2008

€100,000

US$.155,000

Cyprus

Donation

September 2008

Excavator + 2 4X4 trucks

US$ 131,484

Spain

Donation

November 2008

€50,000

US$64,683

Germany

Donation

December 2008

€100,000

US$129,366

Ireland

Donation

December 2008

€50,000

US$64,683

Total

US$6,178,211

1 As per UN applicable exchange rate at the time of the donation.

2 Donated directly to the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING) in Nicosia for CMP-related work.

3 US$ 50,000 donated directly to the Turkish Cypriot DNA laboratory at Dr. Burhan Nalbantolu Hospital in Nicosia and US$ 50,000 donated directly to the Turkish Cypriots to carry out exhumation in the north.

4 Contribution to the CMP Project granted as part of the Council Regulation (EC) No 389/2006 establishing an instrument of financial support for encouraging the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community and amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2667/2000 on the European Agency for Reconstruction, with the agreement of the Turkish Cypriot community.

5 Donated by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) via the United Nations Development Programme—Action for Co-operation and Trust (UNDP-ACT) programme in Cyprus. It permitted the construction of the CMP Family Viewing Facility, located next to the CMP anthropological laboratory, inaugurated on 18 March 2008—for the second donation, see website of the US embassy in Nicosia

We have not yet made a final decision as to whether or not to make further donations to meet the Committee's budgetary requirements.