Cablegate: Missing Kuwait Airways Corporation Spare Parts

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E.O. 12958: N/A

1. After a brief trip into Iraq in June, the GOK believes
it has located spare parts belonging to Kuwait Airways
which were looted by the former Regime in Baghdad during
the occupation of Kuwait. GOK wants to recoup these
parts. We received the following Diplomatic note (in
Arabic) containing the Kuwaiti request as well as
photographs of the equipment and spread sheets of the
missing parts and identifying numbers. We will pouch
photos and compact disc to NEA/ARP. UNSCR 1483 mandates
cooperation in the return of stolen property to Kuwait.
Please advise how to reply to the GOK.

2. Begin text of informal Embassy translation of Kuwaiti
Diplomatic note:

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sends its compliments to
the Embassy of the United States of America and in
reference to the memorandum of the ministry dated 25 June
2003 which contains a statement about the spare parts that
belong to the Kuwait Airways Corporation that were stolen
by the previous Iraqi regime during the brutal occupation
of the State of Kuwait, and in reference to the agreement
that occurred lately between his excellency the Deputy
Foreign Minister and his excellency the Charge d'Affaires
of your respected embassy on the importance for the Embassy
to receive a statement (record) of the spare parts that the
Iraqi regime stole along with their serial numbers.

We attach for you a complete and reliable report, which
contains complete information that is specific to the spare
parts with descriptions and quantity; we also attach to you
photographic pictures of the spare parts that we came
across lately. Also the Ministry requested in its earlier
communiqu to the respected embassy for it to extend its
efforts to those American sides specializing in Iraq to
safeguard the (spare parts) and return them by way of the
specialized committee at the United Nations.

Therefore this Ministry would be grateful if the Embassy
would please communicate to the civilian administration in
Iraq (the request) to facilitate the task of the technical
team representing the Kuwait Airways Corporation in finding
those spare parts belonging to it, and also in addition, to
safeguard the (spare parts) until their return by way of
the POW committee (sic) and the return of Kuwaiti assets."

END Text.

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