|On December 17, 1991, the
General Assembly of the United Nations voted on a resolution
demanding that Iraq release all Kuwaiti and third country POWs, and provide information on
all past or present detainees living, dead, and released. The resolution was passed 155-1,
wiith no abstentions, and only Iraq voting against the motion. No detainees were released.
From October 16-17, the Tripartite Committee was established with representatives from
United States, the United Kingdom, France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the International
Committee of the Red Cross, and Iraq. The members of this committee met officially in
Geneva, Switzerland. The express purpose was to discuss and resolved the POW issue
as per UN Resolution 686 and 687. This was the first series of schedule meetings. For
reasons known only to themselves, the Iraqis boycotted some of the meetings. In September
1994, at long last and for no apparent reason, Iraq did admit to having information about 45
Kuwaiti prisoners. This was a complete about-face, and a virtual admission that all of their
statements about the prisoners over the previous three and half years had been lies.
Subsequently, three more statements have been released, bringing the total number of
prisoners they admit to holding as 126.
As a result, the Technical
Sub-Committee was then formed by the Tripartite Committee to
Even this cannot be regarded
as real progress. Although the Iraqis admit that they took these
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