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Iraqi POWs repatriated from Iran

05-05-2003 News Release 03/30

Geneva (ICRC) – Fifteen years after the end of the Iran/Iraq war, 59 Iraqi prisoners of war were repatriated on 5 May under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The prisoners’ return resulted from negotiations between the Iranian authorities and the ICRC. A team of five delegates, including a doctor and a nurse, accompanied the returnees aboard an ICRC aircraft on the flight from Tehran to Baghdad. In accordance with the organization’s standard procedures, the delegates had registered the prisoners beforehand and held a private interview with each one to ensure that he was returning of his own free will.

Arrangements were made by the ICRC in Baghdad to reunite the returnees with their families in Iraq.

Since the Iran/Iraq war began in 1980, the ICRC has supervised the repatriation of almost 97,000 prisoners of war on both sides. 

 Further information:  

 Tamara Al Rifai, ICRC Geneva, tel. ++ 41 22 730 27 56 or ++ 41 79 244 64 14  

 Nada Doumani, ICRC Baghdad, tel. ++ 873 761 845 610 845 610