- Title: IRAN: IRANIAN PRISONERS OF WAR ARRIVE HOME FROM IRAQ TO HEROES WELCOME
- Date: 18th August 1990
- Summary: QASR-E SHIRIN, IRAN (AUGUST 18, 1990) 1. GVS/SVS IRANIAN PRISONERS OF WAR ARRIVE BY BUS IN IRAN TO HEROES WELCOME (2 SHOTS) 0.16 2. CU/SV/GV MAN CRYING AS HE WATCHES POWS ARRIVE IN BUS AS BRASS BAND PLAYS (3 SHOTS) 0.42 3. SVS/ZOOM OUT POWS SHAKE HANDS WITH OTHER SOLDIERS FROM WINDOWS OF BUSES (2 SHOTS) 1.08
- Embargoed: 2nd September 1990 13:00
- Location: Iran, Islamic Republic of
- Country: Iran, Islamic Republic of
- Topics: General,Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA2LMY6YKHU6V4QT1RZQ1BHPXQ3
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- Story Text: QASR-E SHIRIN, IRAN
A brass band played as 1,000 Iranian prisoners of war (POWs) returned home on Friday (August 18) after being released by Iraq.
Flowers were handed out and a sea of emotion swept over the men as they arrived in buses after years in POW camps - some had been held since near the beginning of the war between the two countries, which started in 1980.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, facing a buildup of Western and Arab forces in the Gulf after his invasion of Kuwait, declared on Wednesday (August 15) that he was meeting all Iran's conditions for a formal end to the 1980-1988 Gulf War.
He promised to release prisoners, withdraw his troops from Iranian territory, and recognise the pre-war border he fought for eight years to change.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has registered about 20,000 Iranian prisoners of war and 50,000 Iraqis.United Nations officials say the totals may be as high as 35,000 and 70,000.
The Iranian news agency IRNA said Iran had handed over about 1,000 Iraqi POWs to Red Cross officials at the border town of Khosravi in response to Iraq's release of POWs.
<strong>Source: REUTERS (W)</strong>
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