Sri Lankan officials visit the Committee on Missing Persons to discuss lessons learned in Cyprus
(Nicosia, 6 July) From 3 to 5th of July a delegation from Sri Lanka visited the operations of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) and held in-depth discussions with its Members and scientists. Composed of four Commissioners of the newly created Office on Missing Persons (OMP) and representatives from the three branches of the Sri Lankan armed forces as well as officials from reconciliation mechanisms and government departments, the delegation’s objective was to discuss the lessons learned in conducting a missing persons’ project.
Sri Lanka has suffered from political violence in the 1970’s and 1980’s and from an armed conflict from 1983 to 2009. An estimated 65,000 persons went missing during both periods. In March 2018, the Commissioners of the Office for Missing Persons were appointed. As they begin their mandate, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has facilitated this study tour to Cyprus.