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Kuwait gets support from UNSC on Gulf War ‘disappeared’ case

Kuwait will receive backing from the UN Security Council to ask Iraq to do more to find the graves of hundreds of citizens and several foreigners who were kidnapped and killed during the 1990-91 Gulf War.

“Ascertaining the fate of missing persons and providing answers to their grieving families depend on steadfast commitment, action and the adoption of new and innovative ways to push the issue forward,” A draft copy of the statement by the president of the council read. “The Security Council notes with regret that there remains 369 cases of missing Kuwaiti and third-country nationals still unresolved and that no human remains have been exhumed since 2004.”

The move comes 16 years after Kuwait last asked the UN Security Council to intercede and find the remains of 369 Kuwaitis and third-country nationals still missing. Most were jailed in Iraq as they refused to cooperate with occupying forces after the late Saddam Hussein’s invasion.

In 2003, after Hussein was toppled after the US invasion, there was cooperation between Kuwait, a new government in Baghdad and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which resulted in finding the remains of 236 Kuwaitis and other nationals, who were identified in 2004. However, there was still anger among Kuwaitis as none of the remains of 369 still missing were found.

Bilateral ties between Iraq and Kuwait have been fostered over the recent years.

Kuwait hosted an international conference in 2018 that saw $30 billion pledged for Iraq’s reconstruction after liberating the country from ISIS.

Last Modified: Saturday، 16 February 2019 12:48 PM