August 1999 News

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Pakistan PoWs to be handed over to ICRC

17 August 1999
The Times of India

NEW DELHI: India will hand over the eight Pakistani soldiers captured in Kargil to the International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC). The spokesman of the ministry of external affairs said on Monday that India is in touch with the ICRC to finalise arrangements for their release. Pakistan has been informed of India's decision to contact the ICRC and raised no objections, presumably because both countries are signatories to the Geneva Convention.

New Delhi wants a neutral organisation like the Red Cross to accept the prisoners and hand them over to the Pakistan. A direct exchange can give Pakistan the opportunity to allege torture or ill treatment of the soldiers.

India had announced the release of the prisoners on Friday ahead of August 14, the day Pakistan celebrates its 52nd independence.

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