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VISIT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS TO THE FALKLAND ISLANDS

The UK and Falkland Islands Governments have been considering how they can best facilitate the humanitarian mission of identifying the remains of fallen Argentine soldiers at Darwin Cemetery in accordance with their protection under the Geneva Conventions.

Following these discussions, and a visit of representatives of the Permanent Mission of the UK to the United Nations in Geneva and MLA Summers to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters in Geneva late last year, FIG will welcome a four-person delegation from the ICRC to visit the Falkland Islands from the 27th June to the 2nd July 2016.

All parties concerned recognise that this is a sensitive subject for all involved. This visit is an opportunity for the local community to talk with both the ICRC and FIG about this project and the issues around it.

This scoping mission is the next step in the process and intends to enable:

  • Assessment of the logistical and technical requirements for carrying out the humanitarian mission of identification of the mortal remains.
  • Discussion on this project and the independent intermediary role of the ICRC.
  • Discussion with the ICRC on the process followed to date and on the process moving forwards, including details of the process of DNA identification and how it is carried out.
  • The ICRC to be fully informed of the practical, logistical and regulatory work required for this project to proceed.