Balkans Deal on War Missing an “Investment in Peace”

11/8/2018

Representatives from Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia signed an agreement on Tuesday to boost cooperation to identify victims of the 1990s Yugoslav Wars, said the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). Around 12,000 people out of the 40,000 missing from the wars that tore apart the former Yugoslavia are still not accounted for, according to the ICMP, which helps with DNA testing and the exchange of data. "It's an investment in peace and stability, definitely," ICMP director general Kathryne Bomberger said in an interview at the non-governmental group's headquarters in The Hague. "The fact that they came together to form a missing persons group and to sign a work plan to commit themselves to finding the remaining 12,000 missing persons is a big deal," she added. The deal came despite lasting tensions in the region, which during the 1990s formed the battleground to Europe's deadliest conflict since World War II.

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