Identification of Argentine soldiers buried in Falklands begins — MercoPress

Identification of Argentine soldiers buried in Falklands begins

Monday, June 19th 2017 – 12:47 UTC


Darwin Cemetery will be close since today until the completion of the works.

As per the agreement between Argentina and Great Britain, the task is carried out by a mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Relatives of the fallen feel mixed emotions.Thirty-five years after the war and after prolonged negotiations between the two governments, the ICRC mission is already on the islands to begin as soon as weather permits it the exhumation of 123 Of the 237 graves under a plaque “Argentine Soldier only known to God.”

 

Thirty-five years after the war and after prolonged negotiations between the two governments, the ICRC mission is already on the islands to begin as soon as weather permits it the exhumation of 123 Of the 237 graves under a plaque “Argentine Soldier only known to God.”

“I’m happy on the one hand, anxious and also regretful to remember my mother who died three months ago from sadness for not being able to reach the end of this process that began in 2011,” Norma Gomez, sister of soldier Eduardo Gomez, told the Argentine Telam news agency. She is from one of the 93 families who contributed their DNA samples to help achieve identification.

Chaco is the province with the largest number of relatives buried in the Falklands that gave their consent – a total of 22 – while two families in that province refused to provide their genetic sample.

Norma said she fully trusted the forensics experts who will work in Darwin and that if the remains of her brother are identified, she will honour her mother’s wishes – that he be buried forever in the islands.

She still remembers the first time she went traveled to the islands in 1991 in the first trip of relatives after the war of ’82. “It…

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