UN / IRAQ KUWAIT

20-Feb-2018 00:02:16
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq, Ján Kubiš, told the Security Council that full normalization of relations between Iraq and Kuwait “will only take place once all outstanding issues concerning Kuwaiti missing persons and property have been resolved.” UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 20 FEBRUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior, UN Headquarters

20 FEBRUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ján Kubiš, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI):
“Despite strong support demonstrated by Kuwait, and commitment to their international and humanitarian obligations shown by Iraq, full normalization of relations will only take place once all outstanding issues concerning Kuwaiti missing persons and property have been resolved.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ján Kubiš, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI):
“The government of Iraq, particularly its ministry of defence are making proactive efforts to reanimate the search for missing Kuwaiti persons. I deeply regret that the last 13 years have not yielded tangible results.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ján Kubiš, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI):
“I would like to take this opportunity to call upon the international community to consider how it can support the search for the missing Kuwaiti persons including through procurement of filed equipment and provision of forensic, DNA, and anthropological training and capacity building for the Iraqi and Kuwaiti technical teams.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait:
“In this regard, I call upon everybody to make more effort and to come up with innovative approach to addressing all these obligations vis-à-vis Kuwait in order to make progress given the important legacy that these archives represent, and this is according to resolution 2107 of 2013.”
11. Med shot, delegates
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammed Hussein Moh’d Ali Bahr AlUloom, Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations:
“Iraq stands ready to undertake greater efforts to achieve further progress on the matter of missing persons of Kuwait and Kuwaiti archives. Our national committees are sparing no effort to learn of the fate of the disappeared persons of Kuwait.”
13. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq, Ján Kubiš, today (20 Feb) told the Security Council that full normalization of relations between Iraq and Kuwait “will only take place once all outstanding issues concerning Kuwaiti missing persons and property have been resolved.”

Kubiš noted that the government of Iraq is “making proactive efforts to reanimate the search for missing Kuwaiti persons” but expressed deep regret “that the last 13 years have not yielded tangible results.”

He called upon the international community “to consider how it can support the search for the missing Kuwaiti persons including through procurement of filed equipment and provision of forensic, DNA, and anthropological training and capacity building for the Iraqi and Kuwaiti technical teams.”

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah, called for an “innovative approach” to ensure Iraq honoured its "obligations" towards Kuwait regarding missing persons as well as properties, including the national archive.

For his part, Iraqi Ambassador Mohammed Hussein Moh’d Ali Bahr AlUloom, said “Iraq stands ready to undertake greater efforts to achieve further progress on the matter of missing persons of Kuwait and Kuwaiti archives” adding that Iraqi national committees “are sparing no effort to learn of the fate of the disappeared persons of Kuwait.”

Hundreds of Kuwaiti citizens are still unaccounted for since the seven-month Iraqi occupation of Kuwait in 1990-91. During the occupation, Iraqis also looted Kuwait's national archive.
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