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Reference : V-P-CH-E-01369
Date : 01/12/2017
Caption : Geneva, ICRC headquarters. Laurent Corbaz, coordinator for operations in Europe and Central Asia and head of the Humanitarian Project Plan, is talking during the presentation of the results of a humanitarian forensic identification project in Falkland/Malvinas Islands handled by the ICRC upon request of Argentina and United Kingdom governments.
Photographer : ZINGARO, Cyril
Person appearing :
STILLHART, Dominik (director of operations, ICRC)
CORBAZ, Laurent
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Description : ICRC website, news release, “Falkland/Malvinas Islands: ICRC presents Argentina and the United Kingdom with results of humanitarian forensic identification project”, 1 December 2017
“Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has today handed out its forensic reports resulting from the work it carried out to identify the mortal remains of Argentine soldiers buried in Darwin cemetery.
"We are pleased that we can now match names to many of the unidentified soldiers, providing answers to many of the families who have been waiting for news for over three decades," said ICRC Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart. Speaking on behalf of the organization, Mr Stillhart applauded the calibre of the process, the commitment and support of all those involved, and the results achieved.
The forensic team identified 88 soldiers – the high success rate being the result of the thorough forensic identification process.
The results were presented to delegations from Argentina and the United Kingdom at the ICRC's headquarters in Geneva, during a meeting chaired by Mr Stillhart. The delegations were led by Ambassador Héctor Marcelo Cima from Argentina and Ambassador Julian Braithwaite from the United Kingdom. Also in attendance was Mr Claudio Avruj, secretary of Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism of Argentina.
In December 2016, the governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom agreed to do their utmost to identify the remains of the soldiers killed in the 1982 conflict, in accordance with their obligation under international humanitarian law to identify those killed on the battlefield. That agreement resulted in the Humanitarian Project Plan, which entrusted the ICRC with the task of identifying the soldiers' remains. […]
The designations employed in this statement do not imply official endorsement, nor the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the ICRC concerning the legal status of any territory, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Whenever a disputed territory is given different names by the parties concerned, the ICRC uses those names together, in French alphabetical order.”
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