Iraq Informs Int”l Community Readiness to Hand Over Some Archives to Kuwait
|November 28, 2011||Filled under Iraq Daily News|
UNITED NATIONS, Iraq informed the President of the Security Council, Portugal, that it was ready to hand over to Kuwaiti officials some of the archives looted during the 1990 invasion, in implementation of the Council’s relevant resolutions.
Iraqi Ambassador Hamid Al-Bayati told the Council president in a letter circulated today, that the Iraqi Foreign Minister sent a letter to the Kuwait Embassy in Baghdad informing them of the existence of 136 microfilm cassettes that include the official archive of the official newspaper ‘Kuwait Today.’ The letter did not mention when the letter was sent to the Kuwaiti Embassy.
The cassettes, he said, are in good condition and ready for transmission.
The cassettes, he added, were handed over by an Iraqi citizen to the Iraqi Foreign Ministry. No date was mentioned either.
“I have the honour to inform you that the Iraqi Government has implemented the recommendations contained in the Secretary-General’s report of last June and that approval was obtained from the Iraqi authorities to form a committee headed by a representative from the Foreign Ministry.
The committee’s members, he indicated, include representatives from the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, the Ministries of Defence, Interior, Finance, Justice and Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Central Bank of Iraq.
All of the representatives, he insisted, are at least at the rank of General Director, and will be in charge of coordinating the efforts relating to Kuwaiti national archives.
Kuwait insists on the return of all its national archives belonging to its different ministries that were looted by forces of former Iraqi regime during the 1990-91 seven-month occupation.
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