NEW YORK, Nov 25 (KUNA) — UN Special Envoy for Iraq Nickolay Mladenov on Monday said further Iraq-Kuwait commitment and the improvement of the security situation in Iraq will bring about closure of the missing Kuwaiti persons and property files “as quickly as possible.
“It has been too long, already. The outstanding issues on the missing persons and property need to be closed as quickly as possible. It is very encouraging that both the Iraqi and Kuwaiti authorities are committed to work together,” Mladenov told KUNA following a Security Council meeting on the situation in Iraq, including its relation with neighbouring Kuwait.
Asked how quickly, Mladenov said “I cannot commit to how much time that would take, because it is a very complicated process to follow through, but with the commitment that is on both sides in Baghdad and in Kuwait, we have every chance of succeeding.
“We hope to find better ways through which to get to the people who really have the information as where the remains of these people are and the property, including the archives, so that they can be returned to Kuwait,” he said.
In answer to another question, he said “obviously” the security situation in Iraq impacts the progress of closing the files “because it makes it somewhat more difficult. But, what I think has the biggest positive impact is the cooperation between the two Governments, especially now that flights have resumed and consulates are reopening, creating a much better environment.” On the security situation in Iraq and its link to the ongoing conflict in Syria, Mladenov explained that the terrorist groups “are exploiting the divisions that exist within the Iraqi society.” Iraqi Ambassador Mohammad Al-Hakim also told KUNA “we have an obligation and we are trying very hard to fulfil those obligations, whether they are the missing people or property.
“Closing those files has to have the satisfaction of the Kuwaiti side and our side. We would like to close it as fast as we can, but whatever it takes, we will do,” he insisted.
On the Iraqi missing people, he commended Kuwait, which with US help, helped the repatriation of the remains of 15 Iraqi soldiers who were buried in Kuwait.
On the link between terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, he said once the Jihadits fighting in Syria are defeated, they will go back to wherever they came from and leave Iraq alone.
He explained that his Government is working hard for reconciliation in Iraq, stating that the Foreign Ministry hired 50 percent of those who served the previous regime
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