Monthly Archives: October 2012

William Hague Visits International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)

British Foreign Secretary The Right Honourable William Hague MP visited the headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) today during his visit to the region.

Mr. Hague was briefed, by ICMP’s senior staff, about the work of the organization in the region of the Western Balkans and its broader global engagement in the Middle East, North Africa, Latin America and South East Asia. Discussions were held about the future of the organization, including its international status, headquarters and the critical need of the organization as a global resource. Mr. Hague also asked if ICMP could extend its technical capacity to work on cases of sexual violence committed during conflict.

“Addressing missing persons cases and other atrocities is key to rebuilding war torn…

Regional List of Missing Persons from the Conflicts in the Former Yugoslavia to be Created

Following a two-day meeting organized by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) on 15 and 16 October in Bosnia and Herzegovina, representatives of the BiH Missing Persons Institute, Administration on Detainees and Missing Persons of the Republic of Croatia and the Government Commission on Missing Persons of the Republic of Serbia agreed upon future steps to create a regional list of missing persons.

Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) also participated in the meeting.

It is estimated that 40,000 persons went missing as a consequence of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. Of that number an estimated 30,000 persons went missing in BiH, around 6,500 persons went missing from the Croatia conflict and an estimated 4,500 persons went missing from the Kosovo conflict. Today 70 % of the 40,000 persons who went missing from the regional conflict have been accounted for.

Representatives of government commissions also…

EU Member States' Diplomats Visit ICMP Headquarters

A delegation of 25 members of the European Union’s Working Group for the Western Balkans (COWEB) led by H.E. Ambassador Peter Sørensen, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to BiH/European Union Special Representative, visited the headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo today. The delegation was received by ICMP’s Director-General Kathryne Bomberger, where it was briefed about ICMP’s assistance to the countries of the Western Balkans and to other countries around the world.

The COWEB delegation was informed about ICMP’s efforts to assist the governments in the region of the former Yugoslavia account for persons missing from the conflicts of the 1990’s where an unprecedented 70% of the 40,000 persons missing have been accounted for. The…