Process of clarifying fate of missing people continues

Representatives of Georgia, South Ossetia and Russia met regarding the coordination to account for people who went missing during and after the 2008 hostilities between Georgian and Russian forces. This meeting took place under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The representatives met in a village in Georgia near the administrative boundary line. They discussed concrete and coordinated steps that need to be taken to provide the families of missing persons with relevant information on their loved ones.

“The meeting took place in a positive and constructive atmosphere. The participants reaffirmed their commitment to the process”, said Céline Matter-Butikofer, the ICRC's deputy head of operations for Eastern Europe. “Some progress was recently achieved within the framework of the mechanism when the remains of a person who went missing in connection with the August 2008 hostilities were exhumed, analysed, identified and handed over to the family. We hope that more cases will soon be resolved so that the families will finally know what happened to their loved ones."

Three meetings had previously been held since the mechanism was set up in February 2010. The participants have demonstrated a firm commitment to discovering what became of those who have been missing since the August 2008 hostilities.

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