Western Balkans

In the Western Balkans ICMP has supported regional cooperation in the search for the missing; it has worked effectively to foster the development and cooperation of civil society organizations with one another and with governments and local authorities in the region. It has pioneered the application of state-of-the-art DNA and advanced database informatics to locate and identify large numbers of missing persons. To date, more than 70 percent of the estimated 40,000 persons reported missing at the end of the fighting in the Western Balkans have been accounted for. Given the unprecedented achievements in this region, countries in the Western Balkans that were a party to the 1991-1995 conflicts will be the first to sign the ICMP Declaration: The Responsibility of States in Accounting for Missing Persons from Armed Conflict and Human Rights Abuses