Serbia, Croatia, BiH, Montenegro to sign declaration on missing persons

MOSTAR – Heads of four countries in the region, including Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro, conferred in Mostar on Friday where they will sign the declaration on missing persons which aims to encourage the search for people gone missing in the wars both in the Balkan region and elsewhere in the world.

The declaration on the role of the state in the closure of the fate of persons gone missing in conflicts and abuse of human rights will be signed by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, Croatian President Ivo Josipovic, Chair of the BiH Presidency Bakir Izetbegovic and Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic. The conference was organised by the International Commission on Missing Persons.

The gathering was organised ahead of the International Day of the Disappeared observed on August 30 and it was opened by Chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons Thomas Miller.

Ahead of the signing of the declaration on missing persons in Mostar, Nikolic stated that the Serbian government agrees with the text of the document completely.

The document should serve as the start of a global initiative which would gather all countries facing the problem of people gone missing in clashes, and the document states that the unsolved fate of people gone missing in wars further prolongs the suffering of the victims’ families, which is why the problem needs to be tackled in an efficient and responsible way.

According to the available data, out of the nearly 40,000 people gone missing in conflicts in the territory of former Yugoslavia, around 11,000 people are still reported as missing and their fate has not been solved yet.

Source: InSerbia News (Montenegro)