Forensic identification of fallen Argentinian soldiers begins – MercoPress


Falkland Islands (Malvinas): Forensic identification of fallen Argentinian soldiers begins

Monday August 16, 2021 – 07:20 UTC

A glimpse of the Argentinian military cemetery in Darwin with all of its crosses and most of the graves now identified after HPP1, but where there is another grave yet to be identified

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has started a second phase of forensic work to identify Argentinian soldiers buried in the Malvinas Islands (Malvinas).

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has started a second phase of forensic work to identify Argentinian soldiers buried in the Malvinas Islands (Malvinas).

The second humanitarian project plan (HPP 2) will involve the exhumation of human remains belonging to a number of individuals located in a grave known as C.1.10 at the Argentinian military cemetery in Darwin. The team will also assess an area called Teal Inlet / Caleta Trullo to determine if there is a grave containing remains of Argentinian soldiers.

This new phase follows the implementation of the First Humanitarian Project Plan (HPP 1), which led to the exhumation of the remains of 122 Argentine soldiers at Darwin cemetery. Following DNA testing with the families, 115 soldiers have since been identified. HPP 1 was the first such project with a specific joint mandate from two states that had opposed each other in armed conflict. ?? The main objective of this work is to allow families to mourn with dignity, ?? said Laurent Corbaz, ICRC project manager for HPP 2. “They have had to endure so many years of uncertainty, so we will do everything possible to provide them with answers. The families of those who have died in armed conflict have the right to have their loved ones identified – this is a requirement under international humanitarian law, ?? he explained.

A team of six, including five forensic specialists, will exhum, analyze, sample and document the remains known to be buried in C.1.10. This grave had not been examined under HPP 1, as this project focused only on anonymous graves, and since 2004 C.1.10 has been marked with the names of four fallen Argentinian soldiers. However, following HPP 1, it was confirmed that the remains of three of these four named soldiers lay elsewhere in the cemetery. This confirmed the need to clarify the identities of the human remains buried in C.1.10.

The dignity of the dead will be ensured throughout the forensic process. The human remains will be exhumed and carefully sampled in a temporary laboratory built on site and managed by the ICRC for the needs of the operation. While awaiting the results of the analysis, they will then be temporarily buried in Darwin’s cemetery.

The analysis of the samples will be carried out by the Argentine Forensic Anthropology team (Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense, EAAF) in Córdoba, Argentina. Some members of the ICRC team will remain on the islands pending laboratory results. The ICRC undertakes this humanitarian mission in strict accordance with its mandate. Further updates will be provided in due course.

In June, a Falklands Television (FITV) report showed the Teal / inlet area, where during the war a field hospital was operating to treat soldiers on both sides who may contain a still unknown grave of Argentinian soldiers.

Based on United Nations Secretariat Editorial Directive ST / CS / SER.A / 42 of August 3, 1999, the nomenclature of this document is as follows: “Falkland Islands (Malvinas)”.

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