Iraq Proposes Forming New Committee To Look Into Kuwaiti POWs Issue
A new Iraqi initiative to solve the Kuwaiti POWs issue involves forming a committee that will be allowed to search for the missing POWs in Iraq, "informed" sources told the Kuwaiti official news agency (KUNA) Monday.
The Iraqi president asked Arab League secretary-general Amr Moussa to inform concerned parties that Iraq was ready to move forward on the issue of Kuwaiti POWs and to cooperate actively with members of the proposed committee, which is expected to include in its membership Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the Arab League, and the International Red Cross Committee, revealed the sources.
Iraq seems to accept to cooperate with the Security Council, and the Red Cross in a move away from its previous insistence to exclude non-Arabs from any committee entrusted with solving the POWs' problem, said the sources. Moreover, Iraq showed readiness to allow the proposed committee to visit any place in Iraq suspected of being a hideout where the Kuwaiti POWs maybe kept there out of sight, said the sources.
Iraq claimed it would seriously study any Kuwaiti and Saudi documents regarding the POWs issue, although no information is available about Iraq's position on holding the tri-lateral meetings, which it ceased to attend since 1998. Amr Moussa has discussed the results of his trip to Baghdad with Jordan, the latter being the current president of the Arab Summit.
The agency added that Moussa is expected to brief officials in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia of the results at a later date. (Albawaba.com)
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