Iran and Iraq have held talks on the fate of soldiers and civilians still missing since the end of their eight-year war in 1989. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will support the efforts to expedite the long-stalled search for the missing from both sides.
"Over 20 years have passed since the war ended, and tens of thousands of Iranian and Iraqi families still do not know what happened to their missing loved ones," Eric Marclay, ICRC’s deputy chief of operations for the Middle East, said on Thursday [AFP, 28 October].
"We very much welcome the progress achieved, and the commitment and determination of the authorities on both sides," Marclay added.
Nearly a million people were killed in the war, with thousands soldiers and civilians still missing. The two countries insist that they no longer have prisoners of war.
Iran-Iraq War: Press TV file photo