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Cablegate: November 11-13 Tripartite Commission and Technical

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NEA/ARP, OSD FOR ASD/DPMO CRONAUER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR PHUM PREL IZ SA KU KUWAIT IRAQ RELATIONS
SUBJECT: NOVEMBER 11-13 TRIPARTITE COMMISSION AND TECHNICAL
SUBCOMMITTEE MEETINGS IN KUWAIT

REF: KUWAIT 909

1. (SBU) Summary: On November 11 and 13, respectively,
Kuwait hosted the 55th session of the Tripartite Commission's
Technical Subcommittee (TSC) and the 30th Tripartite
Commission (TC) Meeting. Representatives from Iraq, Saudi
Arabia, Kuwait, France, the United Kingdom, the U.S., and the
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were in
attendance. At the TSC, Kuwait reiterated its request to the
U.S. for assistance with satellite and high altitude imagery
research and analysis and requested a meeting with
representatives from the U.S. National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to discuss cooperative
efforts in locating mass grave sites in Iraq. Kuwait, Iraq,
the UK and ICRC agreed to coordinate on interviewing several
witnesses. There was no new information on CAPT. Speicher.
His DNA profile remains in the Kuwaiti database and continues
to be checked against all newly received profiles. The next
TSC meeting will take place on February 12, 2008 in Kuwait.

SIPDIS
The next TC meeting will take place in Kuwait on November 12,
2008. End Summary.

Imagery Analysis Request Status
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2. (SBU) The 55th session of the TSC was held in Kuwait on
November 11, 2007. The U.S. delegation informed TSC
participants that the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence
Agency (NGA) assets were engaged in various operations and
unable to provide imagery analysis assistance, as previously
requested by the Kuwaiti delegation, to aid in the effort to
locate mass grave sites in Iraq. The ICRC, Kuwaiti, and
Iraqi delegations reiterated their request for such technical
assistances and offered to fly teams to Washington to meet
with imagery analysts. The Kuwaiti delegation added that
reliable sources have indicated general locations of possible
mass grave sites, and that analysis of aerial or satellite
imagery taken from the 1990-1991 era over southern Iraq is
needed to further pinpoint site locations.

Witnesses
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3. (SBU) The Iraqi delegation reported that its efforts to
convince a witness with supposed knowledge of grave sites in
Kuwait were to no avail. Kuwait reiterated its assurances
that no legal action would be taken against the witness
should he come to Kuwait. The ICRC encouraged continued
efforts and expressed its hope for a positive result by the
next TSC.

4. (SBU) ICRC reported contact with a witness in London, but
stated that he had no further information to add regarding
the location of grave sites. The TSC agreed to follow-up by
forwarding written questions penned by the Iraqi delegation
to the witness.

5. The repatriation of 40 human remains took place
successfully on September 5, 2007 and the National Committee
for the Missing and PoW Affairs forwarded to the Iraqi
delegation DNA profiles of the remains.

Updates
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6. No exhumation activities were conducted by Kuwait. The
Kuwaiti delegation reported that to date, the identification
of the remains of the following has been performed:

--Remains found
329 remains found in Iraq
18 remains found in Kuwait

--Identifications to date
208 Kuwaitis identified
6 Saudis
1 Omani
2 Lebanese
1 Egyptian
3 Iranians
12 unidentified citizenship
233 total

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7. The Iraqi delegation explained that the GOI has entered
into force a law on the protection of gravesites. Since this
law is not mentioned in the protocols set by the 25th TC
meeting held in Baghdad in June 2003, the Iraqi delegation
invited the TSC to establish a legal committee to amend TC
protocol to include text of this law. These amendments were
adopted by the TC on November 13.

Speicher Update
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8. There was no new information on CAPT. Michael S.
Speicher's case. His DNA profile remains in the Kuwaiti
database and continues to be checked against all newly
received profiles. The U.S. delegation renewed its
commitment to continue the effort to resolve CAPT. Speicher's
case.

Next TSC Meeting
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9. The next TSC meeting will take place on February 12, 2008
in Kuwait. The next Tripartite Commission Meeting will take
place in Kuwait on November 12, 2008.

10. Activities to be undertaken before the next session are:

- The U.S. delegation agreed to relay the request for use of
satellite or high altitude imagery analysis to the U.S.
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and inform the
ICRC of the outcome. France and the UK also agreed to
investigate with their respective governments whether any
technical assistance is available to assist with this matter.


- TC members will continue to try to convince suspected
witnesses to provide details on mass graves sites.

- The Kuwaiti delegation will continue to try to match DNA
samples in the effort to resolve the case of CAPT. Speicher's
case.

11. Delegations:

Republic of Iraq
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H.E. Dr. Abdelkarim A. Shallal Head of Delegation
Mr. Kazem M.K. Al-Anzi
Mr. Yaqoob Kh. Haider
Mr. Ali M. Thumad
Mr. Shorouq H. Obaid

State of Kuwait
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H.E. Dr. Ibrahim M. Al-Shaheen, Head of Delegation
H.E. Ambassador Khalid M. Al-Maqamis
Mr. Fozan Al-Fozan
Mr. Rabea Al-Adsani
Dr. Mohammad Al-Haddad
Dr. Soltan Al-Khalaf

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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H.H. Prince Turki Bin Mohammad Bin Saud Al-Kabir, Head of
Delegation
MG Nasser Bin Saad Al-Hmeidan
MG Dr. Abdelrahman Bin Mohammad Al-Sherif
Mr. Jamal Bin Hossein Akeel
Mr. Zuhair M. Al-Idrissi
BG Ahmad M. Omar
LTC Khalid Al-Treiri
Mr. Fahad Al-Juraid

Republic of France
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Mr. Frederic Lallier, Head of Delegation

United Kingdom
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Ambassador Stuart Laing, Head of Delegation
Ms. Heidi Minchell


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United States
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CDA Alan Misenheimer, Head of Delegation
Mr. Adrian Cronauer
Mr. Thomas Rosenberger

International Committee of the Red Cross
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Mr. Dominik Stillhart, Chairman of the TC, ICRC Deputy
Director of Operations
Mr. Jean-Michel Monod, Chairman of the TSC, Regional Delegate
for the GCC Countries
Mr. Raoul Bittel, Desk Officer for the Middle East, ICRC
Geneva
Mr. Juan Pedro Schaerer, Head of Delegation ICRC Iraq
Ms. Jamila Al-Hammami, Delegate for 'Missing' files for Iraq
Mr. John Strick van Linschoten, Protection Delegate, ICRC
Kuwait
Ms. Dalia Emrazian, Protection Department


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