CMP Members receive support in New York and Washington
(Nicosia 19 May) - From 15 to 18 May, the three CMP Members Gülden Plümer Kücük, Nestoras Nestoros and Paul-Henri Arni held meetings at the UN headquarters in New York with the Chief of Staff of the Secretary-General, Mrs. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti as well as with the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and the Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenca. They also met with the Head of the United Nations Development Program for Europe and the CIS at UNDP, the Chief of the UN Archives Unit and experts at the Geospatial Information Section.
In Washington and Virginia, the CMP Members held constructive meetings with Jonathan Cohen, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, the FBI and Bode Cellmark anthropological and genetic laboratories, the FBI training centre, the Defence PoW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).
Both the UN leadership and the US authorities expressed strong support for the humanitarian work carried out by the CMP on behalf of families of missing persons. They were briefed on results achieved and remaining challenges. Areas of cooperation were identified in the fields of advanced genetic analysis, training in investigation techniques, aerial imagery and information management.