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Eastern Europe: accounting for people missing in connection with 1992-1993 conflict

24-05-2011 News Release 11/135

Tbilisi (ICRC) – Abkhaz and Georgian participants in a coordination mechanism set up last December to tackle the issue of people unaccounted for in connection with the 1992-1993 conflict came together at a meeting held on 24 May under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The purpose of the meeting, which took place in Gali/Gal, was to agree on concrete steps to be taken to clarify the fate of missing persons.

"One such step is the creation of a forensic working group within the coordination mechanism. This was proposed and accepted at the meeting, and we are quite satisfied," said Megan Bassendale, an ICRC forensic expert. "Although hundreds of families remain without news of their missing loved ones, limited progress has been made in recent years. We hope that this first step will enable the participants to speed up the process and provide answers for the families."

The ICRC, which convened the meeting, is serving as a neutral intermediary in accordance with its mandate under the Geneva Conventions. For many years now, the organization has facilitated the exchange of information between all parties, provided support for family associations and assisted them with data collection.

For further information, please contact:
For further information, please contact:
Maia Kardava, ICRC Tbilisi, tel: +995 91 600 685