NEW YORK: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has applauded current cooperation between Kuwait and Iraq in the search for missing people from Kuwait and other states. The UNSC adopted a press release yesterday alluding to the handover of human remains, believed to be of Kuwaiti nationals, from the Iraqi government to the Kuwaiti government on September 16, 2020, and before that on August 8, 2019.

The council member states expressed gratitude to Iraq for the logistical support, lauding particularly the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the "tripartite mechanism" for implementing the UN Resolution 2107 (2013) for resolving standing issues related to the missing people from Kuwait and other countries.

They also hailed the Iraqi government for the continuous repatriation of Kuwaiti properties, urging it to pursue the search for other missing items, namely the Kuwaiti manuscripts. Moreover, they expressed hope that the team of Kuwaiti coroners will finish the task of determining identity of the delivered human remains that have been sent to the country from Baghdad.

Furthermore, the UNSC member countries voiced gratitude to the Iraqi government for seeking to honor remaining commitments at this level according to the council relevant resolutions. Iraq's ousted regime of the late Saddam Hussein had invaded Kuwait early August 1990 and occupied the country for months. During the aggression and occupation, hundreds of Kuwaiti citizens were abducted by the occupiers and remained missing since then. - KUNA