By Ashraf Abdul-Wahab.
Tripoli, 18 April 2013:
The President of the General National Congress Mohamed Magariaf met with the Director-General of the International . . .[restrict]Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) Kathryne Bomberger in Tripoli this afternoon to discuss the progress of the Commission’s operations in Libya.
Four months ago, Bomberger and the then Minister for Martyrs and the Missing, Naser Jibril Hamed, signed a cooperation agreement to help process the cases of those who went missing during the 42-year Qaddafi regime and the revolution as well as those who have gone missing since.
As part of that agreement, the ICMP is helping set up a Libyan Identification Center (LIC) to work on cases of missing persons. According to an ICMP statement at the time: “The LIC will allow for the development of a DNA laboratory system, starting with a facility to collect and store biological samples for DNA identity testing and possibly culminating in the creation of a high throughput DNA laboratory. The LIC would also enable Libyan authorities to coordinate the domestic process, as well as international assistance.”
Part of Bomberger’s current visit is to try and deal with some of the problems facing the Commission in its work in Libya. To that end, she will meet in the next couple of days with the present Minister of Martyrs and the Missing, Ali Gadour, and the chairman of Congress’ Medical Committee, Omar Al-Obeidi. [/restrict]