The European Union has granted three million Euros to a treaty-based international organization in The Hague under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance 2016, for a two-year project to continue helping the Bosnian authorities locate and identify the estimated 7,000 persons are still missing from the Bosnian war of the nineties.
Under the EU-funded project, the ICMP will continue helping the authorities in Bosnia address the issues of unidentified remains held in Bosnian mortuaries and misidentifications that occurred before the organization introduced DNA testing in 2001.
“Previous EU funds have been a significant factor in enabling ICMP to help the authorities in BiH account for more 23,000 persons – more than 75 percent of all those who went missing during the conflict,” said the Head of ICMP’s Western Balkans program, Matthew Holliday .
“However, at least 7,000 are still missing – and that’s why it is critical that continued financial support is made available so that ICMP can maintain its assistance to BiH to search for and identify the missing and fulfill the rights of the families of the missing.”
The Head of the EU Delegation to Bosnia, Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, said that helping the authorities fulfill their obligations to families of the missing is a common moral duty: “From an enlargement perspective, the ICMP project will help to address concerns that were raised in the European Commission’s 2016 BiH Country Report, which characterized the unresolved fate of missing persons as an issue of concern.”