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Geneva: ICRC chairs meeting on persons missing since 1990-1991 Gulf War

15-11-2006 News Release 06/125

Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today chaired the 29th 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 Geneva followed the 52nd meeting of the Technical Sub-Committee and was attended by the Commission’s members: Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, France, the United Kingdom and the United States. Talks were held in a positive and constructive spirit. Since 2003, this system has helped elucidate the fate of 281 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 22 730 25 90 or +41 79 251 93 18
  Nada Doumani, ICRC Iraq, tel +9626 568 86 45 or + 962 777 399 614
  Fuad Bawaba, ICRC Kuwait, tel + 965 532 20 61 or + 965 787 94 34