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Published:July 9th, 2007 05:39 EST
ICMP Gets a Visit From German First Lady

ICMP Gets a Visit From German First Lady

By SOP newswire

During her visit to the Sarajevo office of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), the wife of the German President, Eva Luise Kohler, met with the ICMP Director General, Kathryne Bomberger.

The First Lady praised the work of ICMP in contributing to truth and reconciliation efforts, not only in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but in the region as a whole. “ICMP has helped bring a sense of closure to tens of thousands of families whose relatives went missing during the conflicts,” said Ms. Kohler. “Their work is contributing to the healing process in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as to peace and stability in the region,” she added.

The German Government has been a firm supporter of ICMP’s work since 2001, the same year that ICMP made its first DNA identification. To date ICMP has assisted in resolving the fate of almost 12,000 persons missing from the various conflicts. However, as the ICMP Director-General noted, “the existence of over 17,000 missing persons from the region, represents a serious human rights issue that continues to haunt the region and Europe.”

ICMP endeavors to secure the co-operation of governments and other authorities in locating and identifying persons missing as a result of armed conflicts, other hostilities or violations of human rights and to assist them in doing so. ICMP also supports the work of other organizations in their efforts, encourages public involvement in its activities and contributes to the development of appropriate expressions of commemoration and tribute to the missing.

Currently based in Sarajevo, ICMP is engaged in the Western Balkans and the Middle East, as well as on an ad hoc basis in areas affected by natural disasters, such as tsunami affected regions of South Asia and the U.S. State of Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina.