'Compensations must be solved through U.N. resolutions'
FM says Iraqi debts a bilateral matter
KUWAIT/BAGHDAD: Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Dr. Mohammed AlـSabah has described as very important the recently concluded visit by the Iraqi speaker of parliament, saying that the visit was intended to boost bilateral relations. Speaking to reporters, the senior Kuwaiti official asserted that His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlـAhmad AlـSabah has personally expressed desire to have good and solid relations with Iraq, adding that the visit has laid the ground for such ties. He added that an agreement was reached to exchange ideas through official channels rather than through the media. The minister urged politicians not to confuse the issue of loans with that of war reparations, saying that the former is a bilateral matter while the latter concerns U.N. Security Council resolutions. He also rejected the notion that the Jordan meeting was a failure.
In a related development, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee Marzouq AlـGhanim welcomed the visit paid by the Iraqi speaker of Parliament and noted that Kuwait has spared no effort in helping Iraq at all levels.
Highlighting the issues pending between the two countries, he mentioned the issue of U.N. Resolution 833 that recommends regular maintenance of borders, adding that although a request to this effect was made way back in 2004, nothing has been done. He pointed out to the fact that Kuwait has met all its obligations, such as paying compensations to farmers.
On the issue of war reparations, the lawmaker explained that the deduction quota had been cut twice, noting that the twoـtime deductions represent 80 percent. He elaborated that the outstanding reparations are estimated at 1.2 billion U.S. dollars.
The MP also stressed that Iraq itself holds the keys to its ultimate removal from the U.N. Chapter VII.
Also on Tuesday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari announced 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 U.N. Security Council," Zebari said in a joint press conference in Baghdad with visiting Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado.
He said he met the government panel on Monday to outline Iraq''s official position which will be presented to U.N. SecretaryـGeneral Bank Kiـmoon ahead of the review, due to take place later in July.
"The panel has mandated a delegation to start urgent moves to create the atmosphere conducive to lifting the sanctions in tune with the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1895," the minister revealed.
He urged revision of all U.N. Security Council (UNSC) resolutions pertaining to Iraq in a bid to find a way out of the sanctions.
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