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 Czech Government. ICMP’s assistance to the countries of the Western Balkans has helped them account for over 70% of the 40,000 persons missing from the conflicts of the 1990’s. In addition, ICMP has helped build the capacity of governments, civil society and technical experts, which is a praiseworthy undertaking. However, there are over 13,000 persons still missing in the region and continued assistance is necessary, particularly in terms of DNA-based identifications,” said the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Tomas Szunyog during the agreement signing.
“ICMP is very grateful to the Czech Government for both its direct support and for its contribution to ICMP via the European Union. ICMP’s assistance to the governments of the Western Balkans has always represented the efforts of the International Community to ensure that the governments in the region take responsibility for locating, recovering and identifying the 40,000 persons who went missing during the armed conflicts. My gratitude goes to the Czech Government and their Ambassador H.E. Tomas Szunyog“, said ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger.
Since its establishment in 1996 ICMP has received funding through voluntary grants, donations, and contributions from participating Governments including Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Holy See, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union. Special project support has been provided by, among others, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and valuable donations of computer software were made by the Microsoft Corporation.
ICMP provides assistance to countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and it has helped countries in Southeast Asia and North America. To date it has assisted governments in locating and identifying over 18,000 missing persons globally. In the context of the Western Balkans, ICMP has helped account for over 70 % of the 40,000 persons missing from the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.