Iraqi PM: On­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions to fi­nal­ize Kuwait com­pen­sa­tions is­sue

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter Haidar Al-Abadi said Tues­day that ne­go­ti­a­tions are on­go­ing to fi­nal­ize com­pen­sa­tions to Kuwait, which re­main an is­sue for the lift­ing of UN Chap­ter 7 sanc­tions off Bagh­dad. In a press con­fer­ence, Abadi said Iraq has al­ready fi­nal­ized the is­sue of oil-for-food with the United Na­tions, but that com­pen­sa­tions owed to the State of Kuwait re­main the key is­sue for the lift­ing of Chap­ter 7. “We are cur­rently ne­go­ti­at­ing with Kuwait about this, and the is­sue was dis­cussed dur­ing my last visit to Kuwait,” he said.

“A Kuwaiti del­e­ga­tion has vis­ited Iraq for this pur­pose and there is now an Iraqi del­e­ga­tion (which has been formed) to dis­cuss the same is­sue,” he added. The Iraqi pre­mier said he hoped the mat­ter would be com­pletely re­solved. He, how­ever, did not dis­close the de­tails of the on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions nor their re­sults, nei­ther did he re­veal any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the del­e­ga­tions. Chap­ter 7, which de­manded that Iraq’s global as­sets be used to com­pen­sate vic­tims of the Iraqi 1990 in­va­sion of Kuwait, was im­posed on Iraq by the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil af­ter Kuwait’s lib­er­a­tion. Over the past few days, Iraq ended the is­sue of oil­for-food with the UN, paving the way for the pay­ment of dues to Kuwait. — KUNA

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