Iraq forms panel to press for lifting sanctions under Chapter VII -- Zebari
Politics 7/7/2009 6:18:00 PM
BAGHDAD, July 7 (KUNA) -- Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari announced on Tuesday that his government has set up a panel tasked with coordinating steps and contacts with major foreign players to rid the country off all the sanctions imposed under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.
"The move coincides with the preparations for the regular review of the issue by the UN Security Council," Zebari said in a joint press conference here with visiting Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado.
He said he met the government panel on Monday to outline Iraq's official position of which will be presented to UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon ahead of the review, due to take place later in July.
The panel is made up of Zebari and the ministers of defense, justice and interior as well as advisors to Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki.
"The panel has mandated a delegation to start urgent moves to create the atmospheres conducive to lifting the sanctions in tune with the UN Security Council Resolution 1895," the minister revealed.
He urged revision of all UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions pertaining to Iraq in a bid to find a way out of the sanctions.
"We pursue a calm practical and systematic approach to the issue away from the media buzz. We have outlined sound positions about which you will hear goon news in the near future," Zebari added.
Under the UNSC Resolution 1895 Ban is scheduled to present a report to the UNSC about the sanctions on Iraq later this month.
In August, 1991, the UN Security Council imposed crippling sanctions on Baghdad a year after Iraqi forces under Saddam invaded Kuwait.
Ban said during a visit to Baghdad in February that the UN is considering scrapping all sanctions. Most of the sanctions have been cancelled but an arms embargo and some financial restrictions are still in place. (end) ahh.gb KUNA 071818 Jul 09NNNN http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2012723&Language=en