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Falklands/Malvinas: Red Cross hosting talks on identifying Argentine soldiers buried in Darwin

Friday, December 9th 2016 - 04:41 UTC
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The Darwin cemetery in Darwin which holds 123 graves with remains of unidentified Argentine soldiers  The Darwin cemetery in Darwin which holds 123 graves with remains of unidentified Argentine soldiers

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in an official release announced that on Friday, (9 December), in Geneva, it will be hosting talks with delegations from Argentina and the United Kingdom to discuss next steps relating to the identification of the unidentified Argentine soldiers buried in Darwin cemetery in the Falkland/Malvinas Islands.

ICRC points out that it appreciates the current constructive dialogue, and hopes that an agreement can be reached in an exclusively humanitarian endevour so that the identification attempt can get under way in 2017 to bring solace to the families. It also underlines that ”whenever a disputed territory is given different names by the parties concerned, the ICRC uses those names together, in French alphabetical order

Follows the full statement:

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is to host talks with delegations from Argentina and the United Kingdom to discuss with a view to agreeing on next steps relating to the identification of the unidentified Argentinian soldiers buried in Darwin cemetery in the Falkland/Malvinas Islands. The meeting will be chaired by the ICRC and held at its headquarters in Geneva on Friday, 9 December.

The identification project is an exclusively humanitarian endeavour to try and give the families concerned answers about the fate of their relatives.

In April 2012, the ICRC received a request from the government of Argentina to facilitate the identification of the mortal remains of the unidentified Argentine soldiers buried in Darwin cemetery. The ICRC agreed to the request, motivated purely by its humanitarian mandate and the needs and interests of the families, in accordance with the applicable provisions of international humanitarian law.

The Argentine authorities handled the consultation process with the families to ascertain their wishes related to the initiative. In 2016, the ICRC carried out an exploratory visit to the Islands to analyse the logistical and technical requirements for the identification attempt.

Following the submission of the visit report, the governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom announced their intention to hold a meeting in Geneva with the ICRC to discuss next steps based on the findings of the June visit.

This includes the timing and scope of the project, the human resources required to complete the identification, and other details, such as making logistical arrangements and selecting laboratories for DNA sample testing.
The ICRC appreciates the current constructive dialogue, and hopes that an agreement can be reached so that the identification attempt can get under way in 2017 to bring solace to the families.

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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  • The Voice

    Hows your porridge 'laddie'?

    Dec 09th, 2016 - 09:41 am +9
  • Roger Lorton

    Whereas we already know that Argentina is trying to pull its usual stunts by attempting to link one issue with an unrelated matter. It won't work and Mike Summers can veto anything unacceptable. I wonder if the Red Cross was persuaded to lower that red line on consents which the Arg Gov cannot meet?

    Dec 09th, 2016 - 09:45 am +9
  • Roger Lorton

    Which “final” document :-)

    Dec 09th, 2016 - 12:05 pm +8
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