Why has the ICRC not yet been given access to coalition POWs in the hands of the Iraqi authorities?

Regrettably, however, the ICRC has not yet been given access to coalition POWs and it has received no explanation for this delay.

The ICRC would like to stress once more that full responsibility for the well-being of these prisoners rests with the Iraqi authorities. It understands and sympathizes with the anguish of the prisoners'families and will continue to make every effort to gain access to coalition POWs.