Head of the EU Delegation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and EU Special Representative in BiH, Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, met with the Director-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons, Ms Kathryne Bomberger, at ICMP headquarters in Sarajevo today.
Ms Bomberger briefed Ambassador Wigemark on the achievements of the ICMP, which has been working since 1996 on accounting for the missing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ambassador Wigemark was informed about the conclusions of a series of meetings organized by ICMP in the first quarter of 2015 with policymakers and family representatives of the missing. Today according to ICMP’s statistics over 70% of missing persons have been accounted for in BiH, which is an unprecedented global achievement. Some 8,000 persons are still unaccounted for and this will require local and international institutions to continue their efforts.
Ambassador Wigemark emphasized the importance of resolving the issue of missing persons and ensuring sustainable peace and security in the wider region. He noted that families of the missing have a legal right to learn about the fate of their loved ones and to know the truth surrounding the disappearance of family members, as well as a proper legal investigation about each missing person. Ambassador Wigemark said that the EU will continue to support the activities of ICMP in BiH and that he hopes that the families of those still missing will soon find closure