21/08/2001
Press Release
SC/7126



STATEMENT TO PRESS BY PRESIDENT OF SECURITY COUNCIL


ON MISSING KUWAITI AND THIRD COUNTRY NATIONALS


Following is the text of a statement made to the press today by Security Council President Alfonso Valdivieso (Colombia):


Members of the Security Council reviewed the latest report of the Secretary-General’s High Level Coordinator, pursuant to paragraph 14 of Security Council resolution 1284 (1999), regarding missing Kuwaiti and Third Country nationals.


Members of the Council once again expressed their unanimous support for the work of the Secretary-General’s High Level Coordinator for missing Kuwaiti and Third Country nationals and for his efforts to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion.


Members of the Council expressed deep concern at the continuing plight of the missing Kuwaiti and Third Country nationals and their families which has remained unresolved for 10 years and expressed their hope that this issue would continue to be dealt with as a strictly humanitarian one by all sides concerned and be resolved urgently.


Members of the Council stressed the importance of dialogue amongst all parties, including the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Tripartite Commission, and urged Iraq to cooperate fully with Ambassador Vorontsov in fulfilling his mandate as set out in Security Council resolution 1284 and with all other agencies and bodies dealing with the issue.


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