BAGHDAD, Sept 16: Kuwait’s Embassy in Baghdad received Wednesday remains of 21 persons presumably belonging to Kuwaiti citizens missing during Iraq’s 1990-91 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 file,” Mohammad Al-Wuqayyan, Kuwait’s Charge D’Affaires told KUNA.
This file is being examined by a tripartite committee and a technical committee chaired by ICRC and have Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, US, Britain and France as members. “According to initial indications, it is believed that the remains belong to Kuwaiti prisoners and missing who were found in the desert of Samawa in southern Iraq,” said Al-Wuqayyan. He said the remains would undergo DNA tests in Kuwait to verify their identities.
He thanked the Iraqi government for efforts to address this “humanitarian issue,” and for UNAMI for providing logistical support.