6 March 2008: The High Representative and EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Miroslav Lajčák, visited the facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla today. In his first visit to ICMP, the HR/EUSR toured the Podrinje Identification Project (PIP) and the Identification Coordination Division (ICD).Accompanied by the ICMP Chief Operating Officer, Adam Boys, the HR/EUSR first visited PIP, established to assist in resolving the specific problems related to the identification of persons missing from the 1995 fall of Srebrenica, and where mortal remains of these victims are examined and stored until final identification. The HR/EUSR saw first-hand how ICMP forensic experts conduct ante-mortem and post-mortem data comparisons, and assist the domestic authorities in making the final determination of identity such that families can finally bury their loved ones with dignity.
“I believe the work of ICMP is extremely important for the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Without facing the problems from the past and solving them, there can be no bright future. It is vital to continue and finish this work”, HR/EUSR Miroslav Lajčák said following his visit to ICMP facilities.
The HR/EUSR also visited ICD, where ICMP receives, submits to processing, archives, and matches all blood samples collected from relatives of missing persons and all bone samples from exhumed mortal remains submitted by the authorities. The ICD has served not only Bosnia and Herzegovina, but other countries of the Western Balkans along with Thailand, Chile, and the State of Louisiana in the US.