Kuwaiti Deputy PM , Foreign minister preside United Nations Security Council
A Kuwaiti achievement at the UN
UN Security Council okays Kuwaiti draft resol. on missing persons in war
NEW YORK- The United Nations Security Council has unanimously approved a draft resolution put forward by Kuwait to protect civilians in the midst of armed conflicts.
The UN resolution, approved amid a session presided over by Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on Tuesday, brings into focus the humanitarian consequences of war and conflicts, as the matter is all too familiar to a country that was invaded by its larger neighbor Iraq back in 1990.
Kuwait sees the resolution, which is the first UN decision on the matter of missing persons in war, as a comprehensive framework on how to deal with the tragedy of people missing as armed conflicts break out.
The UN resolution explicitly states that all parties involved in armed conflicts have the primary responsibility to safeguard civilians, urging them to allow the safe and unimpeded access of humanitarian aid.
It deplores such practices as the deliberate targeting of civilians and other protected persons in situations of armed conflict, calling upon all parties to put an end to these tactics, in accordance with their obligations under international humanitarian law.
It further calls on all member states to engage in networking and exchange of expertise, as well as other means of cooperation and coordination with state institutions and national commissions dealing with the matter.
The measure encourages member states to increase their voluntary financial, technical and logistical assistance for states in support of the process of searching for missing persons in armed conflicts, which includes the recovery and identification of bodies.
It emphasizes the importance of allowing families to know the fate and whereabouts of their missing relatives, consistent with applicable international humanitarian laws.
The UN resolution also addresses post-conflict peacebuilding and reconstruction efforts, which include negotiations over such issues as prisoners of war, detainees and missing persons, all of whom are protected under international law.
Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres
UN Chief congratulates Kuwait on "Missing persons" UNSCR 2474
NEW YORK-- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres congratulated the State of Kuwait Tuesday on the huge success after UN Security Council's adoption of Kuwait-drafted resolution on missing persons in armed conflicts.
Guterres made his remarks in meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on the sideline of UN Security Council sessions in New York.
Guterres said such success was a testimony of trust by the international community to the State of Kuwait when it comes to critical humanitarian issues.
In turn, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled expressed gratitude to the UN chief for his support to Kuwait work as a non-permanent member in the Security Council.
During the meeting, the two also delved into the latest developments in the region and international arena, including challenges facing the region.
The meeting was attended by Assistant Foreign Minister for Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Office Ambassador Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Mohammad Al-Sabah, Kuwait Permanent Representative to the UN Mansour Al-Otaibi, and Assistant Foreign Minister for International Organization Affairs Nasser Al-Hayyen.