Cablegate: Missing Kuwait Airways Corporation Spare Parts

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E.O. 12958: N/A


1. Action request at para 3.

2. Reftel describes GOK and Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC)
efforts to recover KAC spare parts reported looted by the
former regime in Baghdad during its occupation of Kuwait. In
para 4 below we provide the text of a letter from KAC dated
30 June sent to the Ambassador via the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs. The letter follows up on earlier GOK and KAC action
and requests that a KAC technical team be permitted to travel
to Baghdad to recover the firm's spare parts in coordination
with appropriate CPA authorities.

3. Action request: Post asks for prompt CPA response to GOK
request for assistance in repatriating KAC property from

4. Begin verbatim text of letter sent to the Ambassador from
Kuwait Airways Corporation dated June 30, 2003:

H.E. The Ambassador
U.S. Embassy

Dear Mr. Jones

As you may know, Kuwait Airways Corporation "KAC" which is
solely owned by the Government of the State of Kuwait, lost
most of its stock of Aircraft spare parts, engines, and
equipments as a result of the unlawful take over and
conversion acts by Iraqi Airways Company "IAC", during the
invasion of the State of Kuwait in 1990-91.

As it is worth mentioning that, after the liberation of
Kuwait, IAC returned some of these spares through the United
Nation's Sanctions Commission, the fact remains that the
major part of KAC spares was never retrieved. The Government
of Kuwait was informed lately by KAC Management that truthful
sources indicated that part of the KAC lost spares are laid
in Baghdad International Airport and specifically in IAC
bonded spares stores and that other considerable quantities
of expensive spares were loaded by direct orders of high IAC
officials in 6 containers and dispersed in two locations in
Baghdad suburban area, so to be kept away from the U.S.

To the effect, the Government of the State of Kuwait would
highly appreciate your kind assistance in taking the
appropriate measures to advise the U.S. Civil Authorities in
Iraq to enable KAC recuperating its lost spares that are
located in Baghdad Intl. Airport (IAC Stores) and in other
locations in Baghdad.

The Government of the State of Kuwait will arrange, upon your
prompt and positive reply, for a KAC Technical Team to reach
Baghdad and liaise with the U.S. Forces in a joint team, in
order to locate, identify and transport -as soon as possible-
to Kuwait, all spares that are identified and proven to be
KAC property according to the KAC List of Lost Spares that
will be presented as evidence on their undisputed property

END text.

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