Four other Argentine combatants killed in the Falkland Islands war were identified in the Humanitarian Project Plan II carried out in the Darwin cemetery by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) together with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF). This is Sub-Lieutenant Guillermo Nasif; Corporal Marciano Verón; the also first corporal Carlos Misael Pereyra; and the gendarme Juan Carlos Treppo.
These four new PPH2 identifications are added to the 115 PPH1 identifications, having managed to identify 119 Argentine combatants killed during the 1982 war.
Through a series of messages published on its Twitter profile, the EAAF added: “In the new mission, the remains of 6 bodies were recovered and we analyzed them in our Forensic Genetics laboratory. In addition to the 4 identifications, the identity of the First Ensign Ricardo Julio Sánchez was confirmed and the remains of Corporal Víctor Samuel Guerrero were reassociated ”.
In this sense, it is added: “The 6 gendarmes died in combat in the same event. Their families have already been notified by a multidisciplinary team made up of members of the ICRC, the EAAF, the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights and the Argentine Foreign Ministry ”.
In turn, the ICRC published the following statement on its website:
“The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has identified the remains of six Argentine soldiers buried in the Islas Malvinas (Falkland Islands). Their families were informed today, ending nearly 40 years of uncertainty about what happened to their loved ones.
Within the framework of the Second Humanitarian Project Plan (PPH 2), the remains of several individuals who were in a single grave, known as C.1.10, were exhumed in the Darwin Cemetery. After excavating the grave, the ICRC team found the remains of six people. The Forensic Genetics Laboratory of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) analyzed samples of the remains to identify them. Now the remains will be buried again according to the wishes of each family.
The ICRC team also explored an area called Caleta Trullo / Teal Inlet to determine if there were remains of Argentine combatants, but there were no finds.
‘We were able to identify the remains of six people and give answers to their families, after so many years. All families deserve to know what happened to their loved ones; I am very moved to be part of this process and put an end to the uncertainty of the families, ‘said Laurent Corbaz, project manager of PPH 2.’ We want to thank all those who gave their unwavering support to make this project possible, both in the islands as elsewhere. ‘
‘The mission has been successful, despite the fact that the weather conditions were sometimes very harsh. Identification was possible through the application of international forensic standards and a multidisciplinary approach. In this way, we hope to help alleviate the suffering of the families, ‘said Luis Bernardo Fondebrider, head of the ICRC’s Forensic Unit.
These tasks were a continuation of the First Humanitarian Project Plan (PPH 1), which led to the exhumation of the remains of 122 Argentine soldiers in the Darwin Cemetery. After analyzing the families’ DNA samples, 115 soldiers were identified. PPH 1 was the first project of this type with a specific joint mandate entrusted by two states, Argentina and the United Kingdom, which were adversaries in an armed conflict ”.
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