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International workshop on missing persons launches at Ledra Palace Hotel

International workshop on missing persons launches at Ledra Palace Hotel

The workshop titled “Mechanisms for Missing Persons: Clarifying the Fate and Supporting Families” organized by the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was launched at Ledra Palace Hotel in the Buffer zone on Wednesday.

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The workshop titled “Mechanisms for Missing Persons: Clarifying the Fate and Supporting Families” organized by the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was launched at Ledra Palace Hotel in the Buffer zone on Wednesday.

In two day long workshop more than 60 participants from 27 different countries will have the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas about the methodologies, experiences, lessons, strategic and practical approaches on setting up effective mechanisms to ensure coordination and integrated response to search for missing persons, identification of bodies and response to the needs of the families.

In the opening speech of the international workshop, Head of Tracking Agency of ICRC Florence Anselmo underlined the success of CMP in their endless efforts to determine the fate of the missing person in Cyprus. Drawing attention to the applied mechanism as one the key elements in the success of the CMP, Anselmo also mentioned about the mechanism provided by ICRC during first and second World Wars in regards to contact with the families of missing persons.

Turkish Cypriot member of CMP Gulden Plumer Kucuk said in her opening speech that she believed the workshop will produce constructive results with the participation of international experts.   

Noting on the importance of experience on site and exchange of technical information in the search of missing persons, Kucuk informed international experts about the difficulties faced in Cyprus regarding the mechanism that put into practice after 43 years later the Cyprus conflict.

Kucuk also reminded the political will, financial support and technology as the key factors in the search of missing persons.


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