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The Missing

31-03-2003 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 849

Action to resolve the problem of people unaccounted for as a result of armed conflict or internal violence and to assist their families


International Conference of Governmental and Non-Governmental Experts, Geneva 19 - 21 February 2003. Working Group on the Observations and Recommendations Report by the Chairman to the Plenary   Mr Nicolas Michel, Director, Directorate of Public International Law, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland 


The objective of the Working Group was to have an overview of the Observations and Recommendations1, to share considerations on this document's relationship to the process launched by the ICRC on The Missing, and to comment upon and clarify its text. The Working Group was not intended to be a forum for negotiations, nor the Observations and Recommendations to be a legally binding document. There was a common understanding that the Observations and Recommendations should not be interpreted in any way as undermining existing legal standards. The Observations and Recommendations should be seen as an operational tool containing practical measures.

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