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Iraq Hands Over Remains of 21 Kuwait Missing Persons Since Gulf War

Iraq Hands Over Remains of 21 Kuwait Missing Persons Since Gulf War

Thursday, 17 September, 2020 - 04:30
Kuwait's Embassy in Baghdad received remains of 21 persons belonging to Kuwaiti citizens missing during Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. KUNA

Kuwait's Embassy in Baghdad said it had received Wednesday remains of 21 persons presumably belonging to Kuwaiti citizens missing during Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.


The handover of the remains took place near Baghdad International Airport with attendance of representatives of Iraq's Defense Ministry, International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).


"Handing over the remains is part of efforts related to Kuwaiti and third-country prisoners and missing case," Mohammad Al-Wuqayyan, Kuwait's Charge D'Affaires told KUNA.


A tripartite committee and a technical committee chaired by ICRC and have Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, US, Britain and France as members is examining the case.


"According to initial indications, it is believed that the remains belong to Kuwaiti prisoners and missing who were found in the dert of Samawa in southern Iraq," said AI-Wuqayyan.


The remains would undergo DNA tests in Kuwait to verify their identities, he noted.


AI-Wuqayyan thanked the Iraqi government for efforts to address this "humanitarian issue," and for UNAMI for providing logistical support.


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