CMP Members participate as experts in an international conference in Ukraine
(Kyiv 5 October) - On 4 and 5 October 2018, the three CMP Members Gülden Plümer Kücük, Nestoras Nestoros and Paul-Henri Arni attended an international conference in Kyiv, Ukraine on “Integrated Actions towards Clarification of the Fate and Whereabouts of Missing Persons and Support to their Families”.
The purpose of this conference was to support the strengthening of the Ukrainian authorities’ action dealing with the plight of the hundreds of families of missing persons as a result of the conflict in Ukraine. It offered authorities and other official representatives a platform for peer-to-peer discussion, sharing of experience and networking, providing participants with information and know-how useful in setting up effective mechanisms to ensure coordination and an integrated response to address the search and positive identification of the missing and the needs of their families. Presentations from national authorities and international experts also aimed to encourage a multiagency and multidisciplinary approach in the search for missing persons, management of the dead and identification of bodies.
Organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the conference brought together high-level members of missing persons’ commissions from Sri Lanka, Colombia, Georgia, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Peru, Nigeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Cyprus. Experts from Argentina and Spain as well as from the ICRC shared their analysis and experience. Two Ukrainian ministers, a Parliament’s Committee Chair and several specialists dealing with the recovery and identification of missing persons also participated. The keynote speaker was Dr. Jürg Kesselring, Member of the ICRC’s Governing Assembly. The three CMP Members presented the lessons learned from the search, recovery, identification and restitution of human remains of missing persons in Cyprus. In his conclusions, the Head of ICRC’s Delegation in Ukraine underlined the importance of the concrete lessons learned from the Cyprus context, one of nine worldwide where such humanitarian project has served bereaved families for more that ten years and achieved significant results.