Ban Ki-moon: It is time to lift sanctions on Iraq

Posted: June 19, 2013 in Iraqi Dinar/Politics
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Iraqi Foreign Minister is a Chapter VII obligation to repay the $ 11 billion owed to Kuwait from the rest of the amount of compensation.

UNITED NATIONS – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended that the United Nations to move a step forward to the lifting of all sanctions imposed on Iraq for more than two decades after the invasion of Iraq, President Saddam Hussein of Kuwait in 1990.

Despite the overthrow of Saddam in 2003 after the US-led invasion of the United States, the United Nations did not fully lift the sanctions. And expelled forces led by the United States of Iraqi forces from Kuwait in the Gulf War in 1991.

And if the UN Security Council by the UN Secretary-General’s recommendations, it would be a significant political boost to Baghdad as it seeks to restore its international standing after a decade of Saddam’s ouster.

Iraq is still subject to a UN embargo on arms imports and freeze the assets of individuals and entities linked to Saddam.

Ban recommended that are dealing with the humanitarian issue remaining between Iraq and Kuwait – which related to the missing Kuwaitis and property – under Chapter VI of the UN Charter, which urges states to resolve any conflicts by peaceful means.

Are dealing with this issue now under Chapter VII of the Charter, which allows the Security Council authorization procedures ranging from the imposition of sanctions and military intervention.

The news agency quoted the Kuwaiti and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari as saying that if the Security Council approved the recommendations of that, the only commitment from the rest of Iraq under Chapter VII is to reimburse the amount of $ 11 billion owed to Kuwait from the rest of the amount of compensation.

The agency quoted him as saying that Iraq could pay off that debt by 2015 if it continues at the current pace payments.

Kuwait objected over the years to remove Iraq from Chapter VII because of unresolved disputes over borders and missing persons, property and other issues.

Ban said in his report to the Security Council, “showed the Governments of Iraq and Kuwait statesmanship and respect for national interests of each of them in order to reach a mutually acceptable arrangement beneficial to both.”

“If the Security Council agreed to my recommendations, Iraq will emerge from Chapter VII with respect to this file and will approach a step to restore international stature … a goal sought by long lead this country after the overthrow of the regime of Saddam Hussein.”

Ban said the political mission of the UN in Iraq should entitle the responsibility to facilitate the search for missing Kuwaitis and nationals of other countries or their remains and belongings, including the country’s national records.

It is scheduled to discuss the issue in the Security Council later this month.

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