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ARAB LEAGUE MEETING TO DISCUSS MISSING KUWAITIS 12 - 13 SEPTEMBER 1999. Iraq has agreed in principle and with certain conditions to taking part in a commission charged with examining the fate of the disappeared, 605 Kuwaitis and third-nationals. THE 605 HOSTAGES AND POWS ILLEGALLY ABDUCTED 1990 - 1991, STILL BEING HELD IN IRAQ ARE FROM INDIA, PHILLIPINES, LEBANON, EGYPT, OMAN, SAUDI ARABIA and Kuwait. The 605 Kuwaiti POWs and hostages in Iraq are made up of 389 civilians and 216 military personnel. The Arab League is to discuss this issue of 605 prisoners of war and other people missing from the 1991 Gulf War during its meeting next week, being chaired by Iraq said Kuwait's Al-Rai Al-Aam Newspaper, on Saturday. Kuwait has repeatedly asked for more information concerning the fate of 600 people it says "disappeared" or were detained during Iraq's occupation of the Emirate. Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sabah Al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Sunday said he hoped the next meeting of the Arab League, which will be chaired by Iraq, would be "problem free." Iraq's foreign minister walked out of the last Arab League ministerial meeting on Iraq in January in protest at the lack of condemnation of the US and British strikes. Saudi Arabia's Okaz newspaper on Sunday said Gulf Foreign Ministers would meet on Friday in the Red Sea port of Jeddah to coordinate their position ahead of the Arab League meeting. "The issue of Kuwaitis detained by the Iraqi regime is the main point on the report of the Arab League's "Secretary General" Esmat Abdel Meguid, which is a sort of Agenda for the Ministerial Meeting," the daily said, quoting Kuwaiti league representative Abdel Aal Al-Qanai. Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah on Thursday said the Emirate would participate in the meeting, scheduled for NEXT WEEK - September 12 and 13, 1999 in Cairo, even though Iraq is chairing the event. ( From H.E.L.P. in the UK with written e-mail permission by Clari Net AFP ) "H.E.L.P." is supported by the world renowned Welsh Centre for International Affairs and the Cardiff United Nations Association. Moonirah has petitioned the President, European Parliament about the 605 Kuwaiti and third-national "hostages" plus "pows" still held by Saddam Hussein in Iraq. We quote the facts herein, as media and press often choose to focus on the non-compliance of weapons' inspections in Iraq - knowingly omitting the 605 human faces of this tragedy. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------INA (Iraqi News Agency *** ) E-MAIL TO MOONIRAH OF "H.E.LP." IN WALES:- In response to a communication for various global news agencies and humanitarian groups, the Iraqi News Agency replied to one of H.E.L.P.'s e-mail addresses in Wales, UK: firstname.lastname@example.org as follows. *** e-mail to Wales from Saddam's regime: Subject: Re: un sanctions Date: Sat, 27 June 1998 15:35:55 +0300 From: "ina" <email@example.com> IRAQI NEWS AGENCY To: Moonirah<firstname.lastname@example.org> Wales, United Kingdom ( H.E.L.P. Worldwide Campaign - Free 605 Kuwaitis + ) We confirm that Iraq holds no POWs, neither from Kuwait nor from any other country. This card is being played by Kuwait and the U.S. administration in order to prolong sanctions against Iraq. INA _______________________________________________________________________________________ -----Original Message-----from WALES, United Kingdom. From: MOONIRAH, H.E.L.P. ( Hostages' Envoys for Liberty of Prisoners in Iraq ) Reply to: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Thursday, June 24, 1999 11:18 Õ Subject: UN SANCTIONS. Comment in return from H.E.L.P., WALES, UK:- Alhamdoolillah - H.E.L.P. Worldwide Campaign highlights the plight of 605 pows and hostages still held in Iraq. The UN actually set up a new "expert" panel 31st January 1999 to investigate the outstanding humanitarian issues of Kuwait prisoners and correspondence we have of the British Foreign Office states "sanctions cannot be lifted until this issue is resolved" i.e. the 605 pows and hostages awaited 9 years. Baroness Emma Nicholson from the British House of Lords in London stated publicly on Channel 4 TV in February 1998 that she personally saw KUWAITI HOSTAGES INSIDE IRAQI PRISONS. Tariq Aziz stated on UK TV News 4/8/99 that Iraq has complied with Resolutions - wrong ! The UN continues asking Iraq for the release of 605 Kuwaiti and third-national detainees held by the Regime. H.E.L.P. campaigners are pleased to see recently that representatives of the French Government, Jordan, Sudan and India have stated their support for Kuwait during media and press interviews relating to the 605 detainees still held in Iraq, from several countries. Humanitarians throughout the UK are genuinely concerned for the safety of 605 individuals overdue for release, according to UN Resolution 1154 of 2nd March 1998 and Resolution 687 of 1991. As mentioned in global reports to date by media and press which include The Times, The Independent, The Daily Record, The South Wales Echo, The Arab Times, Al Watan, Al Rai Al Aam in Kuwait, Al Anbaa in London plus BBC Wales TV, UK Talk Radio, BBC Radio 5 Live, Touch FM, Red Dragon Radio, BBC Wales Radio News / "Time Live" / 'A Voice For All' programmes and The British Forces World-wide Radio 1998-1999: This human tragedy is the focus of a worldwide campaign to highlight the plight of 605 people incarcerated in Iraq and their traumatized relatives awaiting their overdue freedom - including family members residing in Cardiff - Wales, Scotland and London, plus their friends and colleagues who dearly want their return. Cardiff-born campaigner - Moonirah interviewed individual Kuwaiti relations during a visit to the Emirate, February 1999 - gathering further information for presentation at public meetings throughout the UK. Welsh campaigners and humanitarian friends formed the H.E.L.P. Worldwide Campaign after serious discussions in 1997, due to what is viewed as procrastination and prevarication by the Iraqi Regime, as well as their unreasonable refusals to attend meetings. An 'Expert Panel' of the UN was established January 1999 "to investigate the outstanding humanitarian issues" - of Kuwaiti prisoners held 9 years to date in Iraq. As the Wales' Co-ordinator for H.E.L.P., Moonirah suggests that "tokenism" is not required, but clear and effective pressures could be brought to bear by the world communities via the UN for the release and repatriation of the 605 detainees, of several countries, illegally abducted from Kuwait 1990 - 1991. Especially, she adds and "quotes" - as she has British Foreign Office 1998 correspondence clearly confirming to the world, that despite 9 years of pointless global press speculation and hype, "Sanctions cannot be lifted until this issue is resolved", verbally by telephone it was again confirmed June 1999. It may have come as a surprise to the Iraqi regime that humanitarians without funding in various parts of the world, with compassion offer to HELP those who still suffer in Kuwait, pressuring for the release of loved ones. WE ARE BRITISH, HUMANITARIAN CAMPAIGNERS, MUSLIM AND NON-MUSLIM. THIS IS NOT AS "INEAS" IN THE USA SUGGESTS A "Kuwaiti cause", THANK YOU. WE ARE NOT PERSONALLY ASKING FOR SANCTIONS AGAINST ANY NATION, HOWEVER WE DO FULLY SUPPORT ALL UNITED NATIONS RESOLUTIONS. IT IS THE U.N. PLUS OUR OWN BRITISH GOVERNMENT MINISTERS WHO STATE VERBALLY AND IN WRITING THAT "sanctions cannot be lifted until this issue is resolved" - PRESSURING FOR THE RELEASE OF 605, H.E.L.P. HAS BY E-MAIL, FAX, WEB SITE 'MESSAGE BOARDS' AND POSTED LEAFLETS - DULY INFORMED GROUPS, INDIVIDUALS, AGENCIES, ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENTS OF THIS FACT, AS IF, AS IT SEEMS PEOPLE ARE NOT AWARE OF THESE FACTORS THEY DO NOT HAVE FULL DETAILS FOR THEIR OWN DISCUSSIONS, 'FREE SPEECH' DEBATES AND CONFERENCES BASED ON THESE ISSUES. WE ARE GLAD "INEAS" IN THE USA REALIZED THAT HUMANITARIAN CAMPAIGNER 'MOONIRAH' IS AN UNKNOWN PERSON, AS SHE DID NOT BEFORE, NOR DOES SHE CURRENTLY ACTUALLY WISH FOR PERSONAL NOTORIETY, THANKS !!! AS " A HUMANITARIAN " MOONIRAH MERELY OBTAINED EFFECTIVE MEDIA AND PRESS NEWS COVERAGE DURING 1998 AND 1999 TO HIGHLIGHT THE PLIGHT OF 605 DEARLY LOVED RELATIVES, COLLEAGUES AND CHERISHED FRIENDS. DESPITE NEW HUMAN CRISES OCCURRING DAILY, ALL SUFFERING PEOPLE NOW THROUGHOUT THE GLOBE NEED ASSISTANCE, WITH EQUAL ATTENTION AND THE SUBJECT OF THE 605 HOSTAGES AND POWS SHOULD NOT BE MARGINALIZED, SIDELINED OR PUSHED UNDER THE CARPET. WE IN BRITAIN INITIATED THE EFFORT "H.E.L.P." WORLDWIDE CAMPAIGN - THEN TOGETHER WITH FRIENDS IN THE UK AND FROM ABROAD, FOCUSSED ON HIGHLIGHTING THE PLIGHT OF THE 605 DETAINEES AND THEIR FAMILIES. As" Hostages' Envoys for Liberty of Prisoners in Iraq ", we speak as Envoys for voices in isolation, 605 multi-nationals incarcerated nine years to date in Iraq. GLADLY, BRITAIN SENDS PEOPLE AND HUMANITARIAN AID TO IRAQ, PLUS OUR TAX FUNDS WHICH WE PERSONALLY PAY FROM OUR OWN PERSONAL SALARIES DOES SUPPORT REFUGEES FROM IRAQ THROUGHOUT THE UK. OUR AIM, WITH THE " H.E.L.P. WORLDWIDE CAMPAIGN " WITH SUPPORT OF THE " WELSH CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS " AND THE " CARDIFF UNITED NATIONS ASSOC ", IS TO CALL FOR RELEASE OF 605 VARIOUS NATIONALITIES, FROM 9 YEARS OF INCARCERATION IN IRAQI PRISONS. INEAS@aol.com wrote: "The embargo against the people of Iraq must be lifted whether there are Kuwaiti POWs in Iraq or not." "Remove us immediately from your list." Many foreign government representatives are currently voicing support for the Kuwaiti N.C.M.P.A. efforts also, according to the international press and media agencies, including news groups on the Internet. Look and see ! Permission granted to relay news by Agence France-Presse ( via ClariNet ) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Release of 605 detainees in Iraq is already requested within UN Resolutions 1154 (1998) and 687 (1991) so "sanctions cannot be lifted until this issue is resolved" confirms the British Government's Foreign Office. A British initiative is leading the campaign to HELP Kuwaiti and third-national families campaign for the release of their relatives still incarcerated by Saddam, Moonirah of H.E.L.P. is to visit the Middle East Department at the Foreign Office during 1999 - 9 years since illegal invasion of the Emirate of Kuwait. Freedom of the 605 detainees is currently being discussed by the UN and at meetings regarding Iraq, attended by the representatives of our British Foreign Office who liaise very closely with His Excellency Shaikh Salem as Chairman of the Kuwaiti Committee N.C.M.P.A. The issue will also be on an Agenda of The Arab League, September 1999 in Cairo, the meeting of which will be 'chaired' Iraq. Ms Jane Bailey of the Foreign Office's Middle East Department in a letter to H.E.L.P. stated that they could discuss the Government's position further on Moonirah's next visit to London, having also written that the Foreign Office supports the efforts made by organizations such as hers, to draw attention to and work for the release of Kuwaitis, particularly an interview requested by BBC Radio 5 Live in London, which covered the issue. Cardiff-born Moonirah was hosted this year by the Kuwait National Committee for Missing PoWs for her first visit to the Emirate, where she met their Defence Minister, His Excellency Shaikh Salem Al-Sabah as Chairman of the K.N.C.M.P.A.. She was invited to meet H.H. Crown Prince Shaikh Saad Al -Sabah their Prime Minister. Where are the British ex-patriates today who were given HELP by Kuwaitis 1990 -1991 ? Alive and free - whilst the Kuwaitis and third-nationals still suffer as hostages and pows in Iraq, since Saddam's 'communist based' Ba'ath Party illegally invaded The State of Kuwait, 9 years ago. "The Iraqi regime is responsible for the deteriorating condition and depression among Arab peoples." "The Arab states share one cause and the same sufferings noting to the dilemma of Kuwait's prisoners kept in Iraqi jails as a "humanitarian" issue." quote newspapers in Arab countries. We are humanitarians and wonder why political activists continue ignoring the truthful facts appertaining to the request for release of prisoners included in the syntax of UN Resolutions 687 (1991) and 1154 (1998) ?? A call for an immediate release of Kuwaitis and third country nationals held in Iraqi jails, was made in Kuwait, by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Mohammad Dheifallah Sharar, who is also Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs. The Kuwaiti minister renewed condemnation of Iraq for its 1990 invasion, holding Baghdad responsible for the lost Arab unity. "Kuwait is holding the Iraqi regime responsible for the deteriorating condition and depression among Arab peoples since the (invasion) disaster" he said after the cabinet's weekly session. The remarks come on the eve of the ninth anniversary of the Iraqi illegal invasion. Iraqi troops illegally invaded the Emirate on August 2, 1990 and were ejected by the U.S.-led United Nations' coalition force after a seven-month occupation of Kuwait. The Iraqi illegal occupation violated all Islamic principles and international conventions. The British General Sir Peter De La Billiere in his best-seller book on page 317 confirms "we should have held on until ALL civilians had been repatriated" - because 605 were still held by Saddam in Iraq ! The International Red Cross request to visit the hostages and pows in Iraqi jails - to no avail. The South Wales Echo newspaper, BBC Wales TV, BBC UK Radio 5 Live, BBC Wales Radio and the British Forces Radio have all recently reported facts relating to this humanitarian issue based on facts. This is truth from a British politician who spent time inside Iraq providing much needed aid of medicines and food to the innocent Iraqi people - there is no way it can be merely suggested as a card being played to prolong sanctions by the US or Kuwait. We in Britain know full well the factual details regarding this, so with the greatest of respect today, the Iraqi News Agency will have to understand that THESE WORDS ARE COMING FROM BRITAIN - NOT KUWAIT OR THE US !! Anyway ! Despite 9 years of past and current speculation about sanctions - it is still clearly confirmed by the Foreign Office and UN that "SANCTIONS CANNOT BE LIFTED UNTIL THIS ISSUE IS RESOLVED". Some media and press have chosen to focus on the weapons inspections connection with sanctions = freedom of choice, however the fundamental true reason of continued sanctions relates to the awaited release of 605 human beings still held in Iraq - all part of the syntax within UN Resolution 1154 dated 2 March 1998. *** H.E.L.P. is operated by voluntary humanitarians without payment or reward in this life. We respectfully suggest that although some individuals hold the view "an occasional mention" might retain understanding and sympathy from various parts of the world regarding this humanitarian issue, we firmly believe that - the matter should be spoken of including updates on progress with overt support by foreign governments' members, international agencies, pressure groups and humanitarian individuals. On February 27th 1999, Moonirah of H.E.L.P. stated "enough is enough" - it is already 9 years too long that 605 people have suffered and their families sadly still live "in limbo". A day should not pass without radio, media and press coverage for the ongoing hostages and pows' issue - do not let the 605 be marginalized please. Please note that as reported by global media and press - U.N. Ambassadors defend the sanctions and that the entire issue on Iraq includes UN sanctions - Kuwaiti hostages in Resolutions - weapons inspections. The H.E.L.P. Worldwide Campaign is a humanitarian initiative by relatives and friends in Britain, Kuwait and other countries of the 605 Kuwaiti and third-national detainees still held, after 9 years in Iraq by Saddam. The British Foreign Office state quite clearly in correspondence and recently by telephone that "sanctions cannot be lifted until this issue is resolved" - i.e. despite the speculation by global media and press, as well as current meetings being held by interested parties. Saddam's regime sent a message direct by e-mail via their Iraq News Agency (INA) to Welsh humanitarian Moonirah, founder and voluntary Wales' Co-ordinator of H.E.L.P., although they did fail to identify any name of authorization. (Sent by INA four months to the day of Moonirah's live desert radio appeal to Saddam. Hostages' Envoys for Liberty of Prisoners in Iraq were reported by BBC WALES TODAY during Operation Desert Fox in December 1998 about the Welsh humanitarian initiative of the H.E.L.P. Worldwide Campaign, pressuring for the release of 605 Kuwaiti and third-national detainees still held by Saddam in Iraq. BBC TV, WALES TODAY featured the Chairman, Kuwaiti, Dr Fawzi Al-Khawari in Cardiff, 1998. Moonirah also petitioned the President of the European Parliament about the 605 hostages and PoWs. Cardiff-born Moonirah was hosted by the Kuwait National Committee for Missing PoWs for her first visit to the Emirate, where she met their Defence Minister, His Excellency Shaikh Salem Al-Sabah as the Chairman of the K.N.C.M.P.A. She had been invited to the Emirate to meet the Crown Prince Shaikh Saad Al -Sabah their Prime Minister, Moonirah stayed at the Safir Hotel for two weeks during their 8th Liberation Anniversary, February 1999 - a stone's throw from Kuwait Towers, where 120 floors up she viewed the Emir's Palace area where Saddam's soviet helicopters had illegally invaded 2/8/90, when he was allegedly 'strapped for cash' and already owed billions to Russia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Yet, recently Saddam was quoted as amongst the richest billionaires in the world - well yes, anybody would be now - after stealing so much from the Emirate. Money cannot buy back the lives of deceased, tortured and murdered 1990 - 1991 in Kuwait and money cannot buy the freedom of hostages and pows in Iraq. Moonirah visited the their National Assembly attended by Shaikh Saud Al-Sabah whom she had admired for answers during a 1998 BBC documentary, she also met their Leader and Speaker of Parliament Ahmad Al-Saadoun, as well as Ahmed Al-Baqer whom, both were re-elected to the National Assembly July 3rd, 1999. During the humanitarian campaign visit Moonirah interviewed relatives of the prisoners, on video and was invited to speak at a seminar of the Kuwait Red Crescent Society. She was included in a massive PoW campaign event with Kuwait University Students, a variety of Arab television, radio and newspaper reports of the arabian region and was asked to return for further live interviews with Ben Salem of KTV 2. February 27th on the border of Kuwait - Iraq during a day in the desert with detainees' families, Moonirah made an appeal for release of the prisoners to Saddam on Arab Radio and she was introduced to a son of the Emir. Whilst enjoying a few hours between schedules on a cool February day in 1999, on the Arabian coast at a beach house with friends, Moonirah was invited to return during the summer. On her last day in Kuwait, Moonirah heard that the Iraqi regime tried to find out if the founder was operating for 'political gain' or 'financial reward' but it was really just a Welsh humanitarian's idea which is supported by the Welsh Centre for International Affairs and the Cardiff United Nations' Association, at the Temple of Peace, in the capital city of Wales. Also, the regime learned that the voluntary Wales' Co-ordinator of H.E.L.P. from January 1992 was a civilian police communications employee who "retired" in 1997 on medical grounds with an injury, to HELP people in need. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Facts regarding sanctions against Iraq, to all global media, press and humanitarians: CNN and Reuters reports mention speculation of various countries regarding sanctions against Iraq. During June 1999 Britain tabled a draft UN Resolution together with the Netherlands which would allow for partial changes to the sanctions imposed on Iraq, if Saddam's regime complies with certain outstanding requirements of 9 years, related to BOTH the serious humanitarian issue of 605 Kuwaiti plus third-national hostages and pows PLUS weapons inspections. Such facts were confirmed again 23/6/99 to Cardiff-born Moonirah, the Wales' Co-ordinator with the H.E.L.P. Worldwide Campaign speaking with the Middle East Department of our own British Foreign Office in London. Each media and press journalist writing about these issues throughout the past nine years, have mostly chosen to merely focused on the weapons matters and purposefully omit the human face of this tragedy, being that 605 people are sadly missed and wanted home in Kuwait plus several other countries. We are grateful that press and media here in Wales do highlight the plight of the hostages and pows. Western 'media or press omitting news of the 605 is merely misleading their viewers and readers. Relatives of hostages reside in Cardiff, Wales and areas of the UK - we want all 605 released to freedom ! *** British Foreign Office correspondence which we possess of 1998 - 1999 clearly confirms that sanctions cannot be lifted until the outstanding issue of 605 hostages and pows, Kuwaiti and third-nationals, is resolved. Any mention of Saddam in global media and press, should include the facts appertaining to the 605 Kuwaiti and third-nationals still held to date, in Iraq. ( see: The Times & South Wales Echo 1998 - 1999 ) Although millions of press pages have asked "what else Saddam must do to satisfy UN ?", it has been known full well for the past 9 years that "Release of the 605 Prisoners" is a crucial part of all the ongoing UN Resolutions relating to "Sanctions against Iraq" - "Weapons Inspections Full Compliance". Whilst political games were played with the UN since 1991, children and parents of the 605 suffered, living in limbo, still awaiting their return. *** Currently, certain western media and press sources do not have up-to-date facts published and such omissions of detail merely confuse the general public in other countries - but not us in the UK. Kuwaiti and third-nationals were knowingly abandoned, incarcerated in Iraqi dungeons - 605 human beings suffering inhumane conditions and 9 years on are still held by the regime, as a last card in the games played with United Nations and Unscom. i.e. Kuwaitis who hid, fed and protected our own British ex-patriates then resident and working in Kuwait who were released after all illegally abducted to Iraq as "human shields". Where are those British today - alive and free, whilst Kuwaitis who gave them HELP still suffer in Iraq ?? Saddam as reported recently in global press is doing well, listed amongst the richest billionaires - fine. Why not now release the 605 detainees please ? After humanitarian visits to Iraq, Baroness Emma Nicholson stated on Channel 4 TV, February 1998, she had seen Kuwaiti hostages in Iraqi prisons - you could ask about this. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kuwait has secured India's help for release of 605 hostages and POWs from Iraq. There are also 35 other nationals being held, including an Indian. NEW DELHI, Aug 12 (AFP) - Kuwait on Thursday sought India's help in securing the release of 605 prisoners of war it said have been held by Iraq since the 1990 invasion. "India's help will be important in getting this humanitarian issue resolved. India is regarded as a great country," said Sultan Ahmad Al-Khalaf, head of a delegation from the Kuwaiti National Committee for Missing Persons and POW Affairs. Al-Khalaf's delegation arrived in India on Wednesday for a five-day visit. Briefing reporters on his meetings with Indian leaders including Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh, the Kuwaiti official said New Delhi's response had been positive. "They supported the cause. Their response was encouraging," Al-Khalaf said, adding that his team also met members of India's autonomous human rights commission. The 605 Kuwaiti POWs and hostages in Iraq are made up of 389 civilians and 216 military personnel. The delegation, which stopped in China, is also due to visit Iran and Turkey. India, which has traditionally warm ties with Iraq, opposed Operation Desert Storm which liberated Kuwait in 1991. India and Iraq opened talks in May 1999 to broaden economic cooperation. Permission granted to copy news by Agence France-Presse (via ClariNet). ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------It would be possible to lift sanctions tomorrow, says Mr Hoon from the F.C.O., if Saddam Hussein accepted his international obligations. Gulf War II, nine years later and Saddam Hussein is yet to meet his obligations of compliance with UN Resolutions 1154 (1998) and 687 (1991) by releasing 605 detainees still incarcerated in Iraq, from several countries. UNICEF, International Red Cross, Middle East Watch and Amnesty International are all aware of this outstanding humanitarian issue. August 1999 marked the ninth anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the imposition of United Nations sanctions which cannot be lifted until this issue is resolved, as confirmed in writing in 1998 and by telephone recently in 1999 to H.E.L.P. (UK BRANCH) by the Foreign Office - we quote these facts as media and press choose to focus on the non-compliance of weapons' inspections in Iraq - omitting the 605 human faces of this tragedy. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- France and Jordan's governments support * Kuwait. Also Sudan has praised Kuwait's policy towards them and the Arab causes, describing their attitude as "civilised and constructive. "The Arab states share one cause and the same sufferings noting to the * dilemma of Kuwait's prisoners kept in Iraqi jails as a "humanitarian" issue when expressing Sudan's readiness to back Kuwait's "just causes," spearheaded by the issue of hundreds of detainees in Iraq. "Sudan considers this cause a humanitarian one and is linked with the Sudanese concern due to the similar political conditions... and I believe that it's a main issue towards achieving Arab solidarity..." said their Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail, currently visiting Kuwait. The Arab states share one cause and the same sufferings noting to the dilemma of Kuwait's prisoners kept in Iraqi jails as a "humanitarian" issue. Meanwhile, the Sudanese diplomat expressed his country's readiness to contribute to discussing the Kuwaiti war prisoners cause and offered to help. ( See H.E.L.P. Worldwide Campaign ) He said the Sudanese foreign minister will lay the cornerstone of the Sudanese Embassy in Kuwait. In a statement to Kuwait News Agency, Omar said on the occasion of the expected visit of Foreign Minister Mustafa Othman Ismail, the visit will come in response to an invitation by First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. He said it was an outcome of developing relations and noticeable progress between the two countries. Omar pointed out that the Kuwaiti-Sudanese relations will be normalized at the diplomatic level only but relations between the two peoples were never been halted." "Sudan opposed and is still opposing the Iraqi aggression on Kuwait" Omar said, adding that his country supports the sovereignty of other countries. Despite the cold bilateral relations, Kuwait was very positive while dealing with the Sudanese different causes. Kuwait was keen on political, social and cultural contact with the Sudanese people and leadership in all international forums and regional levels, he noted. He said the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) resumed granting Sudan loans which reflected Kuwait's understanding to the conditions in Sudan and keenness on maintaining strategic relations. The Sudanese foreign minister was also delivering to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah a message from Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir. Minister Ismail also planned to confer with HH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Speaker of Kuwait's Parliament Jasem Al-Khorafi and members of foreign relations committee in the parliament, reported Kuna. Permission granted to copy news by Agence France-Presse (via ClariNet). ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- YOUR VIEWS ARE WELCOME VIA E-MAIL: email@example.com With appreciation for your attention. Moonirah - Wales' Co-ordinator. Hostages' Envoys for Liberty of Prisoners in Iraq H.E.L.P. WORLDWIDE CAMPAIGN PO Box 625 CARDIFF CF10 1WD WALES UK firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: > > I am writing from Manchester Coalition Against Sanctions and Bombing of > Iraq, known for short as Coalition On Iraq > Coalition on Iraq Press Release > > A campaign has been set up in Manchester to highlight the plight of > Iraqi suffering, particularly amongst children, as a result of the use > of depleted uranium and an international military blockade. Campaigners > are organising a rally for September 18th to End the Blockade and stop > the Bombings of Iraq and Kurdish areas. The rally, addressed by Kurdish > human rights campaigner Kerim Yildiz of the Kurdish Human Rights > Project, will be in Picadilly Gardens from 12.00 noon until 1.00 p.m. > Saturday the 18th. A disturbing feature of the bombing of Iraq is the > use of uranium tipped missiles. The effects of uranium on children in > Iraq and Gulf War veterans has recently been highlighted by Trevor > McDonald's TONIGHT programme and a series of articles in the Daily > Express. Campaigners point to a three fold increase in childhood > cancers in Iraq which now has one of the highest child mortality rates > in the world due to increased cancers and malnutrition, yet, because of > the blockade, much needed anti-cancer drugs cannot get through in > sufficient numbers. Iraq, under the sanctions, can only have a small > amount of aid in exchange for oil. As a result 5000-6000 children die > every month in Iraq and over a million have died since 1991- more than > 5% of the population. The former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis > Halliday who was in charge of the oil for food programme resigned over > this issue, saying, "We are in the process of destroying an entire > society. It is as simple and as terrifying as that. It is genocide." > Campaigners say they want to see a lifting of international sanctions, > or blockade as they put it. " 'Sanctions' makes it sound not too > threatening," says campaigner Jason Travis, "but these sanctions are > enforced by naval and air power. They are an act of war using > starvation of a population for political and economic reasons. That is > defined as a war crime under the Geneva Convention but that is precisely > what the British and US governments are doing." Campaigners meet every > Saturday on Market St outside Tesco Metro in Manchester where they are > collecting petition signatures to end the sanctions and money for the > Mariam Appeal to take anti-cancer drugs into Iraq on a bus driven by > George Galloway MP. A course of leukaemia treatment costs only £20 in > Iraq but many children are dying as their families are too poor to > afford this small amount. Campaigners are therefore asking for public > generosity in a humanitarian appeal. The money will be used to take > medical supplies into Iraq. The bus leaves Glasgow on September 7th to > arrive in Baghdad in early November. The campaign is supported by > several trade unionists, including official backing from OLDHAM National > Union of Teachers who are concerned that the long term effects of > poverty and disease are blighting the life chances of Iraq's future, > their children. For more information on the campaign and how to get > involved please ring 0161 881 7774 or 0161 834 8301. > > J Travis > 3 Higson Avenue > Chorlton > M21 9EP > e-mail email@example.com > > -- > ------------------------------------------------------------------------- > This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. > To be removed/added, email firstname.lastname@example.org, NOT > the whole list. Please do not sent emails with attached files to the list > *** Archived at http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/discuss.html *** -- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To be removed/added, email email@example.com, NOT the whole list. Please do not sent emails with attached files to the list *** Archived at http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/discuss.html ***