The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has received another generous donation from the Government of Switzerland. The funds will be used to support ICMP's DNA laboratory in Sarajevo and will significantly assist ICMP's DNA – led identification process. A donation agreement was signed by H.E. Ambassador Urs Breiter for Switzerland and by Adam Boys, ICMP's Director of Administration and Finance. As H.E. Ambassador noted ” it is essential that families of the missing are given answers to questions that they have waited so long to have”.
The Government of Switzerland is a valued supporter of ICMP's programmes and activities. ICMP has received regular donations from the Swiss Government since year 2001. So far, the donations have been used to support the exhumation and identification process of Kosovo Albanians buried in Serbia as well as ICMP's Civil Society Initiatives Programme and its “Short term Activities – Paths to Reconciliation” project.
ICMP's involvement across the region of the former Yugoslavia is with governments, local and re-gional organizations as well as with family associations. ICMP uses the latest scientific technology to assist governments in their efforts to locate and identify missing persons. The long lasting uncertainty regarding the fate of the missing is a continuing source of anguish for their families and is a real ob-stacle to reconciliation and rebuilding of civil society. ICMP's identification process aims to bring a sense of closure to the families of the missing.
This donation to ICMP indicates the significance the Swiss Government gives to this issue. ICMP is grateful to the Government of the Swiss Confederation for this generous contribution and for its con-tinuing support to the programme and activities of the Commission.