Following the recent visit of the British Prime Minister David Cameron to Libya, the British Ambassador to Libya H.E. Michael Aron (pictured) has announced funding to the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) to assist the Government of Libya in its efforts to account for missing persons.
Tripoli Post reports that the British Government has approved almost $650,000 of funding, which will enable the ICMP to carry out DNA analysis of samples taken from remains discovered at the Bin Jawad mass grave.
British Ambassador to Libya H.E. Michael Aron said:
"Resolving the issue of missing persons is key to restoring the rule of law and ensuring a peaceful and stable Libya. The United Kingdom understands the importance of this issue and it is why we are proud to support the work that ICMP is doing to help the Libyan authorities."
ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger commented:
"We hope that funding from the British Government will enable us to help the Libyan Government account for missing persons. We also hope that our efforts will provide answers to the many Libyan families who continue to live in a state of uncertainty regarding the fate of their loved ones."
Following the recent conflict in Libya and years of enforced disappearances perpetrated by the former regime, it is estimated that up to 10,000 persons have gone missing.
(Source: Tripoli Post)