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Cablegate: Icrc-Led Team Finds Possible Iraqi Remains From

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OO RUEHDE RUEHDH RUEHDIR
DE RUEHKU #1048 3071453
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 031453Z NOV 09
FM AMEMBASSY KUWAIT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4146
INFO RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD IMMEDIATE 1520
RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY

UNCLAS KUWAIT 001048

SIPDIS

NEA/ARP, NEA/I, NEA/RA, OSD-DPMO FOR COL. D ELLIS, J. BASHAM

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PHUM MARR IZ SA KU
SUBJECT: ICRC-LED TEAM FINDS POSSIBLE IRAQI REMAINS FROM
GULF WAR

REF: KUWAIT 354

1. An ICRC-led team that included representatives from the
U.S., UK, and Iraqi Embassies in Kuwait, the GOK's Ministries
of Interior and Justice, and the GOK's National Committee for
Missing and POW Affairs (NCMPA), on November 3 discovered
bones in a desert site outside of the capital that may be
Iraqi remains from the 1990-1991 Gulf War. The discovery
comes as a result of an exhaustive ICRC-led (but U.S.
Embassy-initiated) effort to locate Iraqi remains utilizing
period British burial reports. Material uncovered on
November 3 appears to include human skeletal material and
portions of Republican Guard uniforms; based on the British
reports, the site may contain as many as seven sets of
remains. Kuwait's Interior Ministry plans to submit the
remains for DNA testing. Over the next week, the GOK is
expected to continue further excavation on the site and at a
nearby site identified as likely to contain five corpses.

2. As noted reftel, the ICRC-led multilateral effort to
locate the remains of Iraqi war dead inside Kuwait resulted
from an Embassy initiative in March 2009 to locate possible
burial sites of some 47 Iraqi soldiers killed in action in
1991 and buried by British forces. Post initiated and
organized the initial survey and also provided staff from
political, DAO, OMC-K and NCIS sections to assist in
interpreting data and grid coordinates from 1991 British
burial reports. These efforts were reviewed during the
March 31 Technical Subcommittee (TSC) meeting of the
Tripartite Commission, held in Kuwait. In the interim
period, Embassy staff have participated in several ICRC-led
multilateral efforts to locate and excavate possible burial
sites. The November 3 dig represents the first actual
discovery of mortal remains.

3. Comment: In the absence of identifying information
on-site (or a DNA database of Iraqi missing which Post
understands does not currently exist), it may prove difficult
to determine the specific identity of those recovered.
Nonetheless, both the GoK and ICRC hope that the effort being
expended to find -- and where possible, identify -- Iraqi
missing will encourage further reciprocal efforts by the GOI.
End comment.

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