ICRC creates database for missing persons of Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 24 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has registered 4,575 persons went missing during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, ICRC Defense Program Coordinator in Azerbaijan Sylvie Grenisher told Trend.
She said the number of missing people can change. The ICRC collected information about them from their families to create Ante Mortem database to clarify the fate of these people.
The ICRC carried out this work jointly with the Azerbaijani Red Crescent Society. To date, information about 3,631 missing people was collected.
Grenisher said information about several other people is being collected.
"The ICRC and the Azerbaijani State Commission on POWs, Hostages and Missing Persons signed a license agreement in January. A special database prepared by the ICRC on missing persons will be transferred to the State Commission in accordance with this agreement. Then, the first 150 questionnaires have been transferred to the State Commission to add in the database. All information about 3,631 missing persons will be gradually transferred to the State Commission for adding them in the database," she said.
The information database is created with an aim to bring together all information about missing persons, which will help to clarify their fate in the future.
Grenisher also noted that some differences have been found in the lists of the ICRC and the State Commission.
"The lists greatly differed from each other several years ago. The difference lies in the fact that the ICRC collects information only from the families of the missing people, but the State Commission may collect information from other sources also. Then these lists are compared and the difference is eliminated. Now, this difference decreased and I hope that this difference will be eliminated or it will be miserable in one - two years," she said.