Iran/Iraq: Iraqi prisoners of war released
19-03-2003 News Release 03/16
Geneva (ICRC) – On 17 and 18 March, 15 years after the end of the Iran/Iraq conflict, 882 Iraqi prisoners of war were repatriated under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The operation, which was the result of bilateral discussions between the Iranian and Iraqi authorities, was carried out at the Mundharieh/Khosravi checkpoint on the border between the two countries. A team of 14 ICRC delegates including doctors and translators took part in it. In accordance with the organization's usual procedures, the delegates had registered the prisoners beforehand and held private interviews with each of them to make sure they were returning home of their own free will.
Since the Iran/Iraq conflict began in 1980, the ICRC has supervised the repatriation of almost 97,000 prisoners of war on both sides. In order to complete this process and ascertain the fate of those unaccounted for, the ICRC is pursuing its dialogue with both countries regarding their obligations under international humanitarian law.
For further information, please contact:
Antonella Notari, ICRC Geneva, tel: ++ 41 22 730 22 82