Iran hails easing of Iraq sanctions

Deputy Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian

Press TV -(Fri Jun 28, 2013) Iran has congratulated neighboring Iraq on the easing of the United Nations sanctions imposed on Baghdad more than two decades ago.

On Thursday, the UN Security Council voted unanimously to remove Iraq from Chapter 7 of the UN Charter and lift the UN sanctions imposed on Baghdad following the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by the executed dictator Saddam Hussein. 
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Friday congratulated the “important event” to the Iraqi government and nation. 
He said the easing of sanctions is an indication of the “responsible” performance of the Iraqi government in handling the country’s issues with its neighbors lingering from the previous regime. 
“The new Iraq managed to prove to the international community and its neighbors that it is no longer a threat to global peace and security,” Amir-Abdollahian stated.
In its meeting, the Security Council agreed that the issue of missing Kuwaiti people, property and archives should be handled under Chapter 6, instead of Chapter 7.
Chapter 6 of the UN Charter calls for peaceful resolution of conflicts between the countries, while Chapter 7 authorizes the Security Council to allow sanctions or military intervention if countries do not meet UN demands.
The Iranian official said that the Security Council’s decision would positively affect Iraq’s political status.
After the UN move, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki thanked the 15-member council for easing the sanctions.
Maliki stated, “Iraq is now free from the constraints imposed by the follies of the dictatorial regime.”
He underlined Iraq’s good intentions for bilateral relations with all countries, and called for talks and better relations between regional states to end the growing tensions.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari also praised the UN vote, saying the move heralds a new start for the ties between Iraq and Kuwait.
“This is a new beginning for the relations between our two neighborly and brotherly countries. This is an example for other countries also to resolve their disputes and differences through peaceful means,” he stated.
UN diplomatic sources say the only issues regarding Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait which remain under Chapter 7 are an arms ban and the country’s payment of USD 52 billion in compensation to Kuwait.
Iraq still owes USD 11 billion to Kuwait. It hopes to settle it by 2015.

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