OIC Visit to ICMP Facilities in Tuzla

5 June 2006: The Director of the Political Affairs Department at the General Secretariat of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Zamel Saeedi, on Monday said he was impressed with the accomplishments of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) following a tour of ICMP facilities in Tuzla and Lukavac, in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Addressing the media at the end of his tour, Mr. Saeedi said that exhumations are being carried out in Iraq, but he would like to see them carried out according to ICMP standards and practices. This was the first visit of an Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) high official to ICMP facilities.
“I hope there will be good cooperation between ICMP and the Organization of the Islamic Conference because many Islamic countries are facing the problem of victim identification – from Iraq to Indonesia”.
The representative of the OIC visited ICMP Podrinje Identification Project, where mortal remains of victims of the 1995 fall of Srebrenica are examined and stored. He also visited ICMP’s Re-association Center in nearby Lukavac, where ICMP anthropologists re-associate, or put back together, remains that have become separated. In many of the secondary mass graves associated with the fall of Srebrenica, for example, parts of bodies are often found in different areas of a grave, or even in different mass graves.
“Their work has great humanitarian importance. ICMP helps the families of missing persons, who search for their killed relatives, to find closure. This way they give dignity to the victims, and the families bury the bodies where they want to”, said Mr. Saeedi.
Mr. Saeedi added that he was fascinated with the method and the approach of ICMP in establishing facts and truth about the missing persons.