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ICRC chairs meeting to help resolve cases of missing from 1990-1991 war

07-09-2004 News Release 04/50

Geneva (ICRC) - Representatives of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, France, the United Kingdom and the United States today took part in the 46th meeting, in Kuwait, of the Technical Sub-Committee for missing in connection with the 1990 -1991 Gulf War.

The sub-committee was set up in 1994 as part of a process aimed at ascertaining what happened to the hundreds of civilians and military personnel still unaccounted for after the second Gulf War. 

Today's meeting, held under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was intended to coordinate the ongoing efforts of all the parties concerned and to assess the progress achieved. The participants discussed ways of enhancing the search for conclusive information on all unresolved cases of missing Saudis, Iraqis, Kuwaitis and persons of other nationalities.

Based on its mandate under international humanitarian law, the ICRC has chaired the Tripartite Commission and its Technical Sub-Committee since their establishment in 1991 and 1994 respectively. It remains committed to sparing no effort to put an end to the anguish of families still awaiting information on what has happened to their loved ones.

    

 For further information, please contact:  

 Nada Doumani, ICRC Amman, tel. +96 277 399 614  

 Fouad Bawaba, ICRC Kuwait, tel. +965 787 94 34 or +965 532 20 61  

 Rana Sidani, ICRC Geneva, tel. +4179 79 251 93 18