17 December 2013: The Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Bosnia and Herzegovina announced today that the Czech Republic will continue to support the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) through June 2014.
H.E. Ambassador Tomas Szunyog made the announcement during a signing ceremony of the donation agreement with the ICMP Director General, Kathryne Bomberger, at the ICMP headquarters. The donation of 12,700 EUR will be used to support ICMP’s programs in the Western Balkans. The Czech Republic has donated 110,000 Euro to ICMP since 2008.
“ICMP is the only specialized international organization that addresses the issue of missing persons in all its facets through the use of scientific and law based mechanisms. In the context of the Western Balkans, it has assisted the countries in the region account for over 70% of the 40,000 persons who went missing during the armed conflicts of the 1990’s”, said H.E. Ambassador Tomas Szunyog. “We believe that assisting States in resolving missing persons cases, following hostilities, is critical to future peace and stability in the region,” he added.
“I would like to thank the Czech Republic and Ambassador Szunyog personally for the invaluable support they have provided to ICMP, both directly and through contributions via the European Union. The Czech support has greatly contributed to ICMP’s ability to assist the governments in the region to locate and identify this unprecedented number of missing persons“, said ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger.
ICMP assists governments in accounting for missing persons from war, human rights abuses, disasters, human trafficking, organized crime and other causes. It has programs in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and it has helped countries in Southeast Asia and North America. ICMP is funded through voluntary grants, donations, and contributions from participating governments.