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Kuwait City: ICRC chairs meeting on people missing since 1990-1991 Gulf War

15-11-2005 News Release 05/64

Geneva (ICRC) – The ICRC today chaired the 28th meeting of the Tripartite Commission to ascertain the fate of persons missing in connection with the 1990-1991 Gulf War.

The ICRC has chaired both the Tripartite Commission and its Technical Sub-Committee since they were set up in 1991 and 1994 respectively.

Today’s meeting in Kuwait City followed the 48th Technical Sub-Committee and was attended by the Commission’s members: France, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Talks were held in a positive and constructive spirit. Since 2003, this system has helped elucidate the fates of 269 people.

Working under the mandate conferred on it by international humanitarian law, the ICRC will continue to facilitate this process, aimed at ending a long period of painful uncertainty for more than a thousand families.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Dorothea Krimitsas, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 7302590 or +41 792519318  

 Nada Doumani, ICRC Kuwait, tel. +965 5322061 or +965 9087529  

 ICRC Iraq, tel. +9626 568 86 45