French Government Continues to Support ICMP

6 December 2007: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has received a contribution from the Government of France for its work in the former Yugoslavia. The 50,000 Euro contribution is the second donation made by the Government of France since 2006.France supports the ICMP activities, which help societies, especially the Bosnian society, to confront the past and provide long awaited answers to relatives of missing persons, contributing to the emergence of truth.

“The continued funding by the French Government underlines its commitment to resolving the issue of missing persons. Without the support of donor countries ICMP would not be able to carry out its activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina” said ICMP Director General, Ms. Kathryne Bomberger.

ICMP assists governments in the process of locating, recovering and identifying missing persons through the use of forensic archaeology, anthropology and DNA science. It provides policy assistance to governments in the establishment of appropriate laws and mechanisms to address the missing persons issue and it strengthens the ability of civil society groups and family members of victims to engage in this important humanitarian and human rights issue.

The work of ICMP is also supported by the Governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Greece, Germany, the Holy See, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union. The C.S. Mott Foundation provides funding to ICMP for the “Paths to Reconciliation” project.