Monthly Archives: April 2012

ICMP welcomes the signing of cooperation agreement between Serbia and Montenegro

ICMP welcomes the signing of an agreement between Serbia and Montenegro on mutual cooperation in the process of locating missing persons. The agreement was signed today in Belgrade by the presidents of the Serbian and Montenegrin Government Commissions on Missing Persons Mr. Veljko Odalović and Mr. Dragan Đukanović. ICMP commends the very constructive relationships that have been established between these and other governments in the region in addressing the issue of missing persons.

“The governments of the region have shown the political will to resolve the issue of the missing and while there is a great deal left to be done I think it is important to note that over 70% of the missing have now been accounted for. This is a unique achievement in a post-conflict situation and owes as much to the dedication of missing persons commissions in the region as it does to the international community’s…

British Ambassador to Bosnia visits ICMP Tuzla

The British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Nigel Casey, and the UK Embassy’s Defence Attaché Lt Col Rob Tomlinson visited the Identification Coordination Division (ICD) of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Podrinje Identification Project (PIP) in Tuzla today.

Accompanied by ICMP’s Western Balkans Programs Director, Adam Boys, Ambassador Casey and Lt Col Tomlinson first visited PIP, which was specifically created to assist in the identification of persons missing from the 1995 fall of Srebrenica, and where the mortal remains of these victims are examined and stored until final identification. They saw first-hand how ICMP forensic experts conduct ante-mortem and post-mortem data comparisons, and assist domestic authorities in making a final determination…

Germany continues funding ICMP’s activities in the Western Balkans and Iraq

The German Government has announced that it will provide further funds for the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) for the year 2012 and 2013. On behalf of the German Government, the Ambassador of Germany to Bosnia and Herzegovina Ulrike Maria Knotz today signed an agreement with ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger at ICMP’s HQ in Sarajevo.

A donation in the amount of 500,000 EUR will enable ICMP’s Forensic Sciences Department to undertake activities…

Five Iraqi Parliament members conclude a visit to ICMP and BiH

A delegation of five members of the Iraqi Parliament concluded an eight-day visit to the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). The delegation stayed in BiH from March 27 to April 3 2012 during which period they received in-depth presentations of ICMP experiences with the missing persons issue and met with representatives of relevant BiH authorities and NGOs.

During a series of meetings with ICMP staff the Iraqi parliamentarians learned about ICMP’s institutional capacity building, activities to create legislation and ICMP’s efforts to assist in enhancing the capability of local institutions to locate, recover and identify missing persons. In addition, ICMP provided an overview of the critical…