Darwin’s cemetery is 70 kilometers from Puerto Argentino.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported this Tuesday that the remains of six Argentine soldiers buried in the Malvinas Islands, within the framework of the Second Humanitarian Project Plan (PPH 2), were identified, the agency reported in a statement.
The ICRC together with national authorities informed the families of the ex-combatants whose remains are found in grave C.1.10, in the Darwin Cemetery, the results achieved in the second stage of the plan, which “It has put an end to almost 40 years of uncertainty about what happened to his loved ones”highlights the document.
A few days ago, within the framework of the Second Humanitarian Project Plan (PPH 2), the remains of several people who were in a single grave, known as C.1.10, were exhumed in the Darwin Cemetery, and after the excavation of the grave , the ICRC team found the remains of six former Argentine soldiers.
The DNA samples were transferred to the Forensic Genetics laboratory that the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) has in the city of Cordoba, at the end of last August, on a private flight from the Malvinas Islands.
Those samples were analyzed and crossed with DNA samples provided by relatives, reaching positive results for identification, it was indicated.
The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team and the Red Cross identified the remains of four of our former combatants who died in Malvinas.
My emotional hug, 39 years later, to his relatives.
Glory to those who died for the Homeland.
Alberto Fernndez (@alferdez) September 14, 2021
The result of the genetic analysis determined 4 new identities that were buried in grave C.1.10: Sub-Major Guillermo Nasif; First corporal Marciano Vern, First corporal Carlos Misael Pereyra and Gendarme Juan Carlos Treppo.
In addition, the identity of the First Alfrez Ricardo Julio Snchez, which had been buried in C.1.10 with name and skeletal remains of the First Corporal Victor Samuel Guerrero, who is buried in an individual grave already identified.
The 6 gendarmes died in combat in the same event, as a result of the fire suffered in the helicopter they were traveling and which was shot down in Mount Kent in 1982.
President Alberto Fernandez He indicated on his Twitter account that “the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team and the Red Cross identified the remains of four of our former combatants who died in Malvinas.
The result of the genetic analysis determined 4 new identities that were buried in grave C.1.10: Sub-Alfrez Guillermo Nasif; First corporal Marciano Vern, First corporal Carlos Misael Pereyra and Gendarme Juan Carlos Treppo.”
My emotional hug, 39 years later, to his relatives. Glory to those who died for the Homeland. “
Meanwhile, the Argentine Foreign Ministry celebrated the identification of six Argentine soldiers buried in the Darwin Cemetery.
“Thanks to the excellent work carried out by the ICRC forensic team and the staff of the EAAF Laboratory (Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team), it was possible to identify the remains of 6 Argentine ex-combatants who died in the Falklands that were found in grave C.1.10 of the Cemetery. of Darwin, “said Palacio San Martín in a statement.
In accordance with the provisions of PPH2, The relatives have already expressed their wishes regarding the resting place of their relatives in the Darwin CemeteryThe Chancellor indicated that in some cases they have preferred that the remains of their relatives remain together and in other cases they have opted for separate graves.
“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 families. “, I remarked Laurent Corbaz, PPH 2 project managerAnd he added: “We want to thank all those who gave their unwavering support to make this project possible, both on the islands and elsewhere.”
For its part, Luis Bernardo Fondebrider, head of the ICRC’s Forensic Unit,He stressed that “the mission has been fruitful, despite the weather conditions being sometimes very harsh” and added that “the identification was possible through the application of international forensic standards and a multidisciplinary approach. In this way, we hope to help to alleviate the suffering of families. “
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.
The above identifications
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 at the Darwin Cemetery. 115 soldiers were identified.
It should be noted that the PPH2 was signed by the governments of the Argentine Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the ICRC in March 2021.
With the same humanitarian perspective as the first phase that began in 2012, these agreements aim to identify the remains of Argentine soldiers who fought for the recovery of the exercise of national sovereignty in the Malvinas and lost their lives in the islands, as well as to give answers to their families as to where to honor their loved ones, highlighted the Argentine Foreign Minister.