A forensic team from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is in the Falklands, working to identify Argentine soldiers buried in Darwin cemetery. By 15 July sixty bodies had been exhumed, analysed, sampled, documented and reburied in their original graves. Each body was placed in a new coffin and reburied on the same day that it was exhumed, with full consideration for the dignity of the dead. The information provided so far by the families of the soldiers (i.e. ante-mortem data) who agreed to participate in this process is proving to be very useful in the forensic identification efforts.
The forensic operation is being conducted in accordance with international scientific standards, following several months of preparation and the signing of an agreement between the governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom. It is expected to continue as planned until August with samples being sent to Cordoba for genetic analysis. The results of the genetic testing should become available in the coming months and the identification reports will be finalized by the end of the year.
Further News from Latin America: Latin America News 3 Aug 2017