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Missing persons in conflicts : care and support for the families

The delay in investigating the fate of 20 000 missing persons in Europe following a number of armed conflicts hampers the reconciliation between former conflicting parties.

The Assembly called on European States to place the families of missing persons at the centre of all actions taken by governments. Initiatives should be developed to ensure that they receive proper care and support. The adopted text, based on the report by Jim Sheridan (United Kingdom, SOC), underlines that families have the right to know what has happened to their loved ones.

The Assembly considers that there is a strong need for European governments to speed up the process of the exhumation and identification of the remains of missing persons, and to bring the truth of their fate to family and friends. The non-resolution of this problem is a potential danger for European security.