Monthly Archives: February 2010

Turkey becomes new donor to ICMP

The Government of the Republic of Turkey has further demonstrated its commitment to the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and to reinforcing stability, justice and the rule of law in the country by making a grant to the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) of US$200,000.

The funds were granted following a meeting in Sarajevo between the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Professor Dr. Ahmet Davutoglu, and ICMP’s Director-General Ms. Kathryne Bomberger. The grant shall be used for ICMP’s work throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina.

“ICMP’s expertise in assisting the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina to address the issue of missing persons regardless of ethnicity and its considerable and effective commitment to strengthening civil society through support to associations of relatives of missing persons throughout the country has created something that the Republic of Turkey is proud to support,” said H.E Vefahan Ocak, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Without…

ICMP Chairman visits Haiti

The Chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) James V. Kimsey made an assessment trip to Haiti where countless numbers of persons are still missing and an estimated 200,000 people have died following the major earthquake of 12th January 2010.

The Chairman met with Haitian President Rene Preval and Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and discussed ways in which ICMP may be able to provide assistance through its Disaster Victim Identification program. The bodies of more than 75,000 people are estimated to have been buried in mass graves around the capital, Port-au-Prince.

“The International Commission on Missing Persons stands ready to provide its unique expert assistance to the government and people of Haiti as they struggle to rebuild their shattered lives. Our ability to provide DNA-assisted identification techniques may well enable families and relatives of victims to identify the remains of missing loved ones who thus can be afforded a…