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Russia Diplomat Agrees to U.N. Post on Missing Kuwaiti Hostages & PoWs in Iraq:
MOSCOW / U.N., February 9, 2000 (Itar-Tass) - A senior Russian diplomat,
Yuli Vorontsov, has agreed to the U.N. Secretary- General Kofi Annan's
proposal to be appointed coordinator for the return of missing Kuwaitis as a
result of the Iraqi illegal invasion of Kuwait in 1990 -1991.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ordzhonikidze told Itar-Tass on
Wednesday that Annan had planned to appoint Vorontsov to the position
with the consent of Russia and The State of Kuwait.
According to Kuwait's estimates, at least 605 of its citizens have been
missing since the end of the Gulf war, however Iraq has denied complicity
and said that there are no Kuwaiti PoWs on its territory.
The position of coordinator for the return of PoWs and property was introduced
on December 17, 1999 by the Security Council Resolution 1284 on Iraq.
Vorontsov was Russian Envoy to the U.N. in 1990-94 and later the Russian
Ambassador in Washington. After he retired from the Foreign Ministry in
January, 1999, Annan appointed him his Envoy to the Commonwealth of
Independent States (CIS).
> Posted to " soc.culture.iraq / soc.culture.kuwait ":-
The KUWAITI 605 are mostly civilians including women, teenagers and elderly
Further info via e-mail from humanitarian organizations of detainees' families:-
We speak as Envoys for 605 voices in isolation - Your Freedom is Our Aim !
British Voluntary Co-ordinator
H.E.L.P. Worldwide Campaign