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Meeting of technical sub-committee on missing from gulf war

08-01-2003 News Release 03/2

Geneva / Amman (ICRC) -- After a four-year hiatus, the Technical Sub-Committee investigating cases of persons still missing in connection with the 1991 Gulf War held its 37th meeting at the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Amman, Jordan, on 8 January.

Delegations from Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia took part in the meeting, in line with a decision made by the Tripartite Commission on 18 December 2002 in Geneva.

The Tripartite Commission, set up in 1991 under ICRC auspices, is composed of Iraq, Kuwait and four members of the 1991 Coalition (France, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States). Its purpose is to settle humanitarian issues left unresolved after the Gulf War, in particular to ascertain the fate of those still missing. The Technical Sub-Committee was established in 1994 to allow the same parties to work on a practical, case-by-case basis.

The ICRC welcomes the resumption of dialogue and hopes that it will produce tangible results, thus putting an end to the anguish of families that have waited all too long to know what has become of their loved ones.

The participants in Amman agreed to meet again on a frequent basis.

 Further information:  

 Mu'in Kassis, ICRC Amman, tel. ++962 6 568 8645 or mobile ++962 795 90 1111