Members of the Steering Board of the newly created Regional Coordination of Missing Persons Family Associations from the former Yugoslavia met for the second time on Friday, 22 July in Sarajevo and discussed strategies to ensure that governments in the region remain vigilant in addressing the issue of missing persons.
The newly appointed Chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and former US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ambassador Thomas Miller paid his first visit to the international headquarters of the ICMP today as part of a three-day visit.
Ambassador Miller also met with representatives of the BIH Missing Persons Institute and spoke with members of the MPI Advisory Board, who represent the families of missing persons within MPI, about their needs and issues that can be improved in the search for missing persons. He also met with members of MPI’s Board of Directors, MPI Steering Board and the BiH Prosecutor’s Office.
By analyzing DNA profiles extracted from bone samples of exhumed mortal remains and matching them to the DNA profiles obtained from blood samples donated by relatives of the missing, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has so far revealed the identity of 6,598 persons missing from the July 1995 fall of Srebrenica.
In an effort to identify the victims ICMP has collected blood samples from 21,566 Srebrenica victims’ survivors. The number of reported missing for whom ICMP has blood samples as well as the matching rate between DNA profiles extracted from these bone and blood samples leads ICMP to support an estimate of around 8,100 individuals missing from the fall of Srebrenica in July 1995. This leads us to a conclusion that the bodies of approximately 1,500 persons still need to be found.