The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) welcomes the decision by the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina to nominate members to the Steering Board of the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina (MPI).With the Steering and Supervisory Boards in place, the MPI will become operational. Beginning in 2007, the MPI will be the sole BiH institution tasked with accounting for the approximately 13,000 persons still missing from the conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina. MPI will search for the missing regardless of their national, ethnic or religious origin.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) organized the second meeting on regional cooperation on missing persons between representatives of the governments from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Serbia. The meeting provided a forum for multilateral discussions and an exchange of information regarding a variety of issues including recovery and identification operations, funding issues and support to family associations representing missing persons from the conflicts.
At a meeting today chaired by the BiH Council of Ministers, Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) joined the family associations of missing persons and the acting Directors of the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina (MPI) in making an urgent appeal to the Council of Ministers to appoint the Steering and Supervisory Boards of the MPI at the next government session, thus ensuring that the MPI would be functional before the end of this year.