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Kuwait: missing people: a step in the right direction

06-09-1995 News Release 36

As agreed by the Tripartite Commission, made up of representatives of Iraq, Kuwait and the other Coalition members (France, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States), the Commission's Technical Sub-Committee met in its fifth session on 29 and 30 August 1995 to discuss the issue of people still missing after the Gulf War.

For the first time since the creation of the Technical Sub-Committee in December 1994, the meeting took place in the demilitarized zone close to the border between Iraq and Kuwait, at Camp Khor, a UNIKOM base on Kuwaiti territory. Under the chairmanship of the ICRC, six delegates from the Republic of Iraq, six from the State of Kuwait and eight from the Coalition discussed the whereabouts of more than 600 Kuwaiti citizens and nationals of other countries reported missing after the end of the Gulf War. The meeting focused on technical matters and ended with all parties signing a document summarizing the proceedings.

The parties involved agreed to meet again at the end of September for another session of the Technical Sub-Committee, to be held this time on the Iraqi side of the demilitarized zone.