UNITED NATIONS, NOV. 14 -- Kuwait plans to introduce a draft resolution in the Security Council that condemns the Iraqi attempt to change its demographic composition and to destroy the civil records maintained by the Kuwaiti government.
The exiled government of Kuwait also plans to hand over for safekeeping by the U.N. secretary general a recently smuggled copy of the country's population register.
There have been repeated charges that in its attempt to turn Kuwait into its 19th province, Iraq is obliterating many vestiges of nationhood through the destruction of administrative records and aggressive resettlement and exile policies.
Kuwaiti Ambassador Mohammad Abulhasan told reporters here today that the population registry, which has been certified by the exiled government of Kuwait, had been smuggled out of the country 15 days ago by the local resistance movement. The records are contained on 25 computer discs holding the names of the estimated 1.75 million people who lived in Kuwait before Iraqi forces invaded Aug. 2.
Abulhasan said the registry had been in the possession of the resistance since Aug. 4 and was made up of records of the ministries of health, interior, planning and justice. The record was important, he told reporters after informal Security Council consultations, because Iraqi forces had been "looting and destroying ID cards."
"We want to show the Iraqis that their policy to destroy the demographic status of the Kuwaitis will not pay," Abulhasan said. "You are aware that all Kuwaitis who are forced to leave Kuwait are searched in order to get all their identification cards whether passport, license, or anything that carries their picture."
He said his government's conviction that Iraq intended to alter the demographic composition of Kuwait had been strengthened after records were destroyed and Kuwaitis brutalized to force them to leave.
The Kuwaiti representative said a draft resolution would be introduced within the "coming two days."
Apart from condemning Iraq, the resolution would request the secretary general to establish an "order of rules and regulations governing access and use of the . . . population record."
He said the people allowed back into a liberated Kuwait would be those who lived there before the invasion, adding that "150,000 Iraqis are there" now.
"We want to be sure the social record is as we have left it, to get whoever was not registered before the first of August out," Abulhasan said. He predicted the draft resolution would be approved unanimously.
U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering said, "It seemed to us a very good idea that should be an opportunity to have citizenship records protected and internationally guarded."