Monthly Archives: November 2012

Czech Republic Continues Support to ICMP

The Government of the Czech Republic has announced that it will provide further funds for the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) through June 2013. On this occasion, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Tomas Szunyog visited ICMP’s headquarters in Sarajevo where he signed a donation agreement with ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger.

The new donation amounting to 16,000 EUR will be used for ICMP’s activities in the Western Balkans. The Czech Republic has been a valuable supporter of ICMP’s work since 2008 and has provided the organization with about 100,000 EUR since that time.

“It is my pleasure to announce this new donation from the…

Families Agree on Future Steps to Improve Resolving Missing Persons Cases from Kosovo Conflict

ICMP hosted a two day conference entitled, “The Future of the Missing Persons Process from the Kosovo Conflict” in Skopje, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The conference gathered together representatives of family associations of missing persons, government representatives from Belgrade and Pristina, as well as representatives from the international community, including EULEX and ICRC.

“The goal of the meeting was to give the families of the missing an opportunity to speak with one voice, across ethnic, national and religious lines, regarding how they feel the issue of the missing should be dealt with,” said Kathryne Bomberger, ICMP Director General. During the meeting, the participants took stock of the process of searching for persons missing from Kosovo conflict and discussed efforts to enhance the process of accounting for the over 1,700 persons still missing,” she added.

The first day of the conference was dedicated to an assessment of progress…

ICMP’s Conference on Kosovo Missing Persons Gathers Albanian and Serb Representatives in Skopje

A two day conference organized by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and titled “The Future of the Missing Persons Process from the Kosovo Conflict” started today in Skopje, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Representatives of family associations of missing persons as well as government representatives from Serbia and Kosovo are attending, in addition to relevant experts and representatives of the international community.

The goal of the meeting is to take stock of the process of searching for persons missing from Kosovo conflict. The first day of the conference was dedicated to discussions on current situation and the progress…

ICMP and Libyan Government Sign an Agreement on Cooperation Concerning Missing Persons

ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger and the Libyan Minister for the Affairs of Families of Martyrs and of Missing Persons, Naser Jibril Hamed, signed an agreement on cooperation in Tripoli today to address missing persons cases from the recent conflicts as well as from the 42-year regime of Muammar Gaddafi.

As part of the agreement, ICMP will provide assistance in the creation of a Libyan Identification Center (LIC) as the first, important step in enabling Libya to develop a sustainable process to work on the issue of missing persons. The LIC will allow for the development of a DNA laboratory system, starting with a facility to collect and store biological samples for DNA identity testing and…