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Cablegate: 29th Meeting of the Tripartite Commission and The

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TAGS: PREL PHUM AORC MARR IZ SA KU
KUWAIT-IRAQ RELATIONS
SUBJECT: 29TH MEETING OF THE TRIPARTITE COMMISSION AND THE
52ND TECHNICAL SUBCOMMITTEE SESSION: 12 CASES CLOSED

1. Summary. The 29th Meeting of the Tripartite Commission on
Gulf War Missing met in Geneva on November 15, 2006. The
Commission announced the closure of 12 cases. The Commission
agreed on a plan of action to address the inability of the
Commission's Technical Subcommittee to conduct any field
missions to burial sites in Iraq during the past year. The
plan would have security for the missions organized and
provided by the Government of Iraq and Iraqi security forces.
The possibility of assistance from Multi-National Force Iraq
(MNF-I) was discussed subject to MNF-I resources being
necessary and available for the mission. Satellite and/or
high altitude imagery and imagery analysis expertise were
requested from member states to assist with locating burial
sites in Iraq and Kuwait. End summary.

2. The 29th Tripartite Commission (TC) on Gulf War Missing
meeting was convened by the International Committee of the
Red Cross in Geneva on November 15, 2006. Delegations from
Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, France, the United Kingdom and
the United States of America met to review progress on
locating, identifying and repatriating missing victims of the
1990-91 Gulf War. The Commission announced the closure of 12
cases of previously unidentified human remains, 3 Kuwaiti and
9 Iraqi.

Exhumation of Grave Sites in Iraq
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3. Kuwait reported that no assessment or exhumation missions
had taken place in Iraq since the 28th TC meeting. Kuwait
remained convinced that the Kerbala III site contains Kuwaiti
human remains, but more precise information is required to
locate the burial sites.

4. Iraq stated that it had received information about
possible Kuwaiti human remains at the Tel Al-Laham site, but
no site assessment was made yet. Kuwait stated it had
information about a site in Nasseriya which might correspond
to the Tel Al-Laham site but the exact location remains to be
established. The Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights reported it
is coordinating with Iraqi witnesses who have information
about burial sites in Iraq and Kuwait, specifically in Ramadi
and on the Baghdad International Airport road.

Plan of Action
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5. In recognition that assessments and exhumations of new and
known burial sites in Iraq have come to a standstill, the TC
agreed on a plan of action to find solutions that would allow
TC activities to move forward in Iraq. The plan contains two
elements, security assistance to field missions, and
provision of satellite/high altitude imagery by TC members.

6. The key components of the security assistance plan are:

(1) Kuwait and Iraq will prepare a list of sites where
exhumations will occur;
(2) Iraq will organize security protection for these field
missions which will be provided by Iraqi Security Forces;
(3) Security assistance from the 'Multi-National Force Iraq'
may be requested, "if required and if possible";
(4) Kuwait will provide the technical team to conduct the
field missions.

7. The requested satellite/high altitude imagery assistance
consists of TC members providing available imagery of known
and suspected burial sites and providing experts to help with
interpretation of the images. Both the United Kingdom and
the United States cautioned that there may be restrictions on
the availability and sharing of the requested imagery, but
promised best efforts to be helpful.

8. To move assessments and exhumations forward in Kuwait,
Iraq will encourage witnesses in Iraq to travel to Kuwait to
assist in field missions.

9. Kuwait reported that it is continuing its identification
activities on approximately 100 human remains exhumed from
Samawa, Kerbala, Ramadi, Amarah, Habbanieh and Kuwait.

10. The United States delegation affirmed its continuing
commitment to determine the fate of Navy Captain Michael
Scott Speicher.

11. The 30th Tripartite Commission Meeting was set for
November 14, 2007 in Kuwait, preceded by bilateral meetings
between members and the chair on November 13.

12. The Commission Meeting was attended by:

Iraq
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Dr. Ahmad M. Baker, Head of delegation
Mr. Kazem M. Kazem
Mr. Yaqoob K. Haider


Kuwait
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Dr. Ibrahim M. Al-Shaheen, Head of delegation
Mr. Rabea S. Al-Adsani
Dr. Sultan Al-Khalaf
Mr. Fozan Al-Fozan
Dr. Mohammad S. Al-Hadad
Mr. Sadiq Marafi


Saudi Arabia
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Prince Turki Bin Mohammad Bin Saud Al-Kabir, Head of
delegation
M.G. Ibrahim M. Al-Amro
M.G. Abdelrahman M. Sherif
Mr. Jamal H. Akeel
Mr. Zoheir M. Al-Idrissi
Mr. Abdallah Al-Sheih
B.G. Ahmad M. Omar
Mr. Khaled S. Al-Torairi
Mr. Fahad J. Al-Juraid


France
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Ambassador Corinne Breuze, Head of delegation


United Kingdom
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Ambassador Stuart Laing, Head of delegation
Ms. Helen Upton


United States of America
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Ambassador Richard LeBaron, Head of delegation
Mr. Adrian Cronauer
Mr. Donald Blome


International Committee of the Red Cross
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Mr. Balthasar Staehelin, Chairman of the Tripartite
Commission, Delegate-General for the Middle East and Africa
Mr. Jean-Michel Monod, Chairman of the Technical Subcommittee
Mr. Georges Comninos, Head of Operations for Middle East and
North Africa
Mr. Pierre-Anddre Junod, Deputy Head of Operations for Middle
East and North Africa
Mr. Eric Marclay, Deputy Head of Operations for Middle East
and North Africa
Mr. Karl Anton Mattli, Head of Delegation ICRC Iraq
Mr. Micha Wedekind, Delegate for 'Missing' files for Iraq


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For more reporting from Embassy Kuwait, visit:
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Visit Kuwait's Classified Website:
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