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Drndarski serves as new Deputy Director

The delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Djordje Drndarski, is the new deputy director of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. “I consider it a privilege to be part of the tracing service,” said the 44-year-old. “It is an historic location of tremendous importance.”

Drndarski’s task will primarily consist of supporting ITS with its management changes, which involve internal strategic orientation in particular. The ICRC will withdraw from ITS management in late 2012. The German Federal Archive is then expected to become ITS’s new institutional partner. Its exact role is currently being debated within the International Committee, which oversees the work of ITS.

The ICRC’s withdrawal is part of the gradual transition ITS is making from a tracing service to a centre for research, information and education. “We want to ensure that the new direction ITS is taking in terms of new tasks and new management goes as smoothly as possible,” said ITS Director Jean-Luc Blondel. “We are therefore very pleased about this new addition to our team from Geneva.”

Drndarski most recently worked for the ICRC as the deputy head of operations for Eastern Europe. Within the scope of this position, he helped foster ITS’s last year initiative to raise awareness for the institution’s service in countries of the former Soviet Union. Drndarski has been with the ICRC since 1996 and often dealt with the subject of missing persons and relatives lost in regional conflicts. “Families want certainty. Otherwise, they will not be capable of closing this difficult chapter,” says Drndarski. “ITS also makes an important contribution to this with the work it does.”