Colonel Palic

5 August 2009: ICMP extends its condolences to Mrs. Esma Palic and to the relatives and many friends of Colonel Avdo Palic who have suffered for so long as a consequence of not knowing his fate and whereabouts. We also continue to extend our support to all those who are searching for persons missing from the armed conflicts of the 1990’s in the regions of the former Yugoslavia.

Delegation of EU Ambassadors visits exhumation site

H.E Bosse Hedberg, Sweden’s Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina gives a statement to media at the location.23 July 2009: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina (MPI) hosted a visit to an exhumation site by a high-level delegation of EU Ambassadors and diplomatic staff led by H.E Bosse Hedberg, Sweden’s Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Sweden currently holds the presidency of the European Union and is a major donor to ICMP.

British Minister for Europe in high-level visit to ICMP

Baroness Kinnock briefed on the work of ICMP laboratory system.17 July 2009: Britain’s Minister for Europe, Baroness Glenys Kinnock, visited the international headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons today as part of her first official trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Accompanied by ICMP’s Director-General Ms.Kathryne Bomberger, as well as by the British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Mr. Michael Tatham, and officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Baroness received briefings on ICMP’s work on behalf of governments worldwide, and toured the organisation’s main laboratory where ICMP performs DNA extraction and genetic profiling of samples from mortal remains and blood from surviving relatives.

ICMP expresses full support for Regional Coordination Board

15 July 2009: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) expresses full support for the successful outcome of today’s meeting between Dr.Nikola Spiric, Chairman of Bosnia’s Council of Ministers, and the representatives of The Regional Coordination Board of Families of the Missing from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.

High-level US Congressional delegation visits ICMP

13 July 2009: A high-level delegation including two members of the United States House of Representatives visited the Sarajevo headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). The delegation consisted of Democratic Party Congressman Russ Carnahan from Missouri and Democratic Party Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey from California.

DNA Results of the International Commission on Missing Persons Reveal the Identity of 6,186 Srebrenica Victims

9 July 2009: Through the use of DNA identity testing, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has revealed the identity of 6,186 persons missing from the July 1995 fall of Srebrenica, 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.

High-level information meeting for Associations of the Missing held in Republika Srpska

ICMP information meeting for Republika Srpska families2 July 2009: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) held an information meeting in Banja Luka for representatives of the Republican Organization of Killed and Detained Soldiers and Missing Persons of Republika Srpska, Republican Board of Families of the Missing and the Union of Associations of Families of Missing and Captured Persons of Republika Srpska.

The purpose of this information meeting was for ICMP, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina (MPI) to provide the family associations of the missing with an update on progress to date.

Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina Excavates Key Mass Grave Sites in Herzegovina

US ambassador visit to Herzegovina sites-0374 24 June 2009: The Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina (MPI) continues its key work of finding and excavating mass graves as MPI teams began work on two key sites located in south-western Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Institute’s work at the two locations demonstrated its readiness and ability to operate as the state-level institution tasked with dealing with some 17,500 missing persons across the entire territory of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

INTERPOL and ICMP mark one year anniversary of Philippines ferry disaster

21 June 2009: One year after the sinking of the MV Princess of the Stars ferry during Typhoon Frank, INTERPOL and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) today paid their respects to the victims and their families at a ceremony.

Following the disaster, in which an estimated 800 passengers and crew lost their lives when the ferry capsized, an INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT), which included experts from the ICMP, was deployed to Cebu City to assist Philippine authorities in the identification of victims.