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DEMINING AND THE PROBLEM OF WAR MISSING PEOPLE

On November 18, 2006, in ANAMA HQs, Ms. Susanna Lopez and Mr. Samir Hacimustafic, the specialists on missing people from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) made a presentation on identification of war missing people. They told on how ICRC and the State Commission on imprisoned and missing people organize the very activity, put examples from the practice of other countries. ICRC is to raise awareness among governments, the military, international and national organizations - including the worldwide Red Cross and Red Crescent network - and the general public about the tragedy of people unaccounted for as a result of armed conflict or internal violence and about the anguish of their families. It should be mentioned that in 1995, 1997 and in 2004, ICRC submitted a list of missing people in relation with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Human remains might also be discovered during the demining operations. And in this regard the main goal of the meeting was to warn demining organizations on such findings and to coordinate with them in this direction. ANAMA Director Nazim Ismaylov stated that the areas where human remains found should be signed and protected according to the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan. This should be passed to appropriate organizations for implementing research. At the end, ICRC representative expressed their willingness to cooperate with ANAMA for solving the problem of missing persons.