UNAMI to help on Kuwait missing persons, properties file — UN Official

NEW YORK, May 7 (KUNA) — UN official said that the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) will be reaching out to different stakeholders to seek their assistance in various aspects to achieve tangible progress concerning the issue of both Kuwait missing persons and properties.
Speaking before the Security Council, the Secretary General Special Representative Jan Kubis said Iraqi’s Ministry of Defense has officially taken over the technical overview of the missing Kuwaiti persons file, resuming work and undertaking a number of activities since the transition.
“This is an encouraging and welcome step, which I hope will add impetus to the Government of Iraqآ’s efforts,” he told the Egyptian-led Council.
The UN official confirmed that back in April the Iraqi Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs again called on citizens of Iraq who have information about supposed graves of missing persons to inform them. Unfortunately, he added, stalemate still persists with respect to the missing Kuwaiti property. Referring to his visit to Iraq, Kubis said that they have encouraged the Iraqi leadership to take every possible step to achieve tangible progress concerning the issue of both missing persons and property.
However, Kubis underlined that the main responsibility in ensuring advancement lies with the Government of Iraq. “While we remain cognisant of the sheer volume of challenges that the Iraq is currently facing, its international obligations have to be fulfilled and this issue cannot fall by the wayside,” he added.
On his part, the Iraqi Ambassador Mohammad Al-Hakim that the Iraqi Government is committed to making extraordinary efforts to make progress in the missing Kuwaiti archives file. The Joint-National committees are working on potential witnesses, and affirmed that last March witnesses were interviewed on potential burials at Al-Jahra and Al-Khamisia regions.
That said, the Iraqi official emphasized the depth of the mutual relation with Kuwait, and appreciated the support of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the people of Kuwait, in Iraq’s war against terrorism and providing the humanitarian assistance to those displaced. (end) mao.tg

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