ICMP welcomes the signing of an agreement between Serbia and Montenegro on mutual cooperation in the process of locating missing persons. The agreement was signed today in Belgrade by the presidents of the Serbian and Montenegrin Government Commissions on Missing Persons Mr. Veljko Odalović and Mr. Dragan Đukanović. ICMP commends the very constructive relationships that have been established between these and other governments in the region in addressing the issue of missing persons.
The British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Nigel Casey, and the UK Embassy’s Defence Attaché Lt Col Rob Tomlinson visited the Identification Coordination Division (ICD) of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Podrinje Identification Project (PIP) in Tuzla today.
The German Government has announced that it will provide further funds for the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) for the year 2012 and 2013. On behalf of the German Government, the Ambassador of Germany to Bosnia and Herzegovina Ulrike Maria Knotz today signed an agreement with ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger at ICMP’s HQ in Sarajevo.
A delegation of five members of the Iraqi Parliament concluded an eight-day visit to the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). The delegation stayed in BiH from March 27 to April 3 2012 during which period they received in-depth presentations of ICMP experiences with the missing persons issue and met with representatives of relevant BiH authorities and NGOs.
The ICMP Director-General today received representative of NGOs from Republika Srpska representing the families of missing persons, Mr. Nedeljko Mitrovic head of the Republika Srpska Organization of Imprisoned and Killed Soldiers and Missing Civilians, and the members of this Organization Mr. Boro Peulić and Mr. Veljko Lazic, as well as BiH MPI Board of Directors member Mr. Milutin Misic, where they discussed a variety of issues relevant to the missing persons process.
Following an invitation from the Libyan Government, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has deployed a team of experts to discuss assisting Libya in addressing the issue of persons missing from the recent conflict, as well as the four decades of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule. ICMP will also provide immediate assistance in resolving specific cases.
A group of politicians from the British Parliament, the European Parliament and the Grand National Assembly of Turkey visited the headquarters and the DNA laboratory of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo today. The goal of the visit was for the parliamentarians to learn about the wide range of ICMP’s activities towards resolving the issue of missing persons in the Western Balkans and in other parts of the world.
H.M. Queen Noor, a Commissioner of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), addressed the U.S. Helsinki Committee in Washington yesterday at a hearing on responses to the issue of missing persons in the countries of the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
ICMP estimates that worldwide there are over 1 million persons missing from war, violations of human rights, human trafficking and drug related violence, as well as approximately 150,000 persons who go missing from natural disasters on an annual basis. Despite the scale of the problem Queen Noor stressed that the issue of missing persons remains a silent one.
The Swedish Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Bosse Hedberg and ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger signed a donation agreement in ICMP’s headquarters in Sarajevo today. The donation was previously announced during the recent visit of the Director-General for Development Cooperation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Johan Borgstam and the Swedish Ambassador to ICMP.
The International Commission Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Erbil, Iraq, held a conference on Iraqi compensation laws entitled “For a Life worth Living” on 5 February 2012 in Erbil, Iraq.