Korea Gives Libya $7m DNA Lab

The Korean government presented tools, equipment and vehicles to the Libyan Ministry of Martyrs and Missing Persons Affairs in an effort to aid in the search and identification of missing persons, which are a result of the country's revolutionary conflict. The project was proposed by the Libyan government in 2011, and a memorandum of understanding for its implementation was signed by representatives of both governments in December of 2012.

Libya Herald reports that approximately 100 people were present at the ceremony, which took place in the Beer Osta Milad area in Tripoli. Korean Ambassador, Lee Jong-kook, along with members of the Korean delegation, met with two Deputy Ministers representing the Ministry of Martyrs and Missing Persons Affairs during the handing-over ceremony.

The Korean government has also given $7 million to the Libyan government to help with the development of this project.

The project will be headed by Libyans, and backed up by Korean experts in identification and excavation. A DNA test laboratory is to be housed in a new building developed by a Korean construction company, and will include DNA testing equipment and training for Libyan experts and staff. The seven vehicles donated by the Korean government include four SUV's and one truck for transporting teams, one bus for a mobile laboratory, and one bus for public relations.

(Source: Libya Herald)

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