Closing the case of 20 Kuwaiti missing and prisoners of war

Baghdad, The International Red Cross Organization announced the closure of the case of 20 missing and prisoners of war who went missing during the Gulf War, 90-91

The organization stated in a statement that in the context of the fiftieth meeting of the Tripartite Committee, the case of 20 missing and prisoners of war who had gone missing during the 1990-1991 Gulf War was officially closed under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

It added: “This development, which is the first of its kind since 2007, that occurs in the files submitted by the State of Kuwait to the tripartite committee, comes after the identification of human remains belonging to thirteen people earlier this week, after the remains were identified. Seven people last November, based on a DNA analysis conducted by the Kuwaiti Forensic Department.

It indicated that the remains were at a burial site in the Samawah district in Iraq in March 2019, thanks to the joint efforts made by the Iraqi and Kuwaiti authorities, with the help of experts from the International Committee of the Red Cross within the framework of the technical sub-committee.”

It continued, “Last September, another set of remains that were found in the same area in January 2020 was delivered to Kuwait, with the support of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), which allocated its plane for this purpose.”

The organization’s statement stated that the relatives of these missing persons, after 30 years of painful waiting, were able to clarify and know the fate of their loved ones – and our thoughts also remain tight towards the families who are still waiting for answers, hoping that they will be able to reach certainty about their missing loved ones in near future.

The Tripartite Commission and the Technical Subcommittee were established in 1991 and 1994, respectively, to help determine the fate of the missing persons in the 1990-1991 Gulf War. The International Committee of the Red Cross chairs these two committees, and they are composed of representatives from Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and France. Later, in 2014, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) joined as an observer.


Source: National Iraqi News Agency

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