Kuwait rejects claims by Iraq’s ambassador to the Arab League over borders

July 15, 2010

Kuwait has rejected claims allegedly made by Iraq’s ambassador to the Arab League that his country did not recognize the existing borders between Iraq and Kuwait.

Kuwaiti foreign ministry summoned Iraqi Ambassador to Kuwait Mohammed Bahr Al Uloom over the remarks.

The ministry said in a press release that it had handed the Iraqi ambassador in Kuwait a memo of protest over Qais Al Azzawi’s statements on Tuesday and which cast doubts about UN Security Council resolutions on the demarcation of borders between Iraq and Kuwait.

In its memo, the ministry “emphatically condemned” such statements from an Iraqi government representative at the Arab League and said that “Al Azzawi’s call for the demarcation of the borders between both nations runs counter to relevant UN Security Council and international legitimacy resolutions.”

“The border issue has been finally settled through international legitimacy and both countries’ governments,” the ministry said.

In its memo, the ministry asked for clarifications from the Iraqi foreign ministry over the recent remarks, Kuwait Times reported on Wednesday.

Kuwaiti MP Maasouma Al Mubarak said that Bahr Al Olum told her that Al Azzawi had been misquoted and categorically denied that the Arab League representative had meant to say such a thing.

MP Musallam Al Barrak said that he was not surprised by the Iraqi statement.

“I do not find this statement strange, and we tell Al Azzawi that neither you nor your government can change anything,” he said, quoted by Kuwaiti media. “Our foreign minister Shaikh Mohammad Al Sabah, who is dealing lightly and diffidently with others, should deal with them in a better way.” Al Barrak said. “At the same time, if the Iraqi ambassador to Kuwait had received a denial from Al Azawi, he should explain that to the Kuwait media.”

MP Daifallah Buramya said that “Al Azzawi’s statements do not bother us and Iraq should stop talking about this topic because the border issue between the two countries has been sealed.”

The Iraq-Kuwait border, a long standing issue that was seemingly resolved by the United Nations, was revived on Tuesday following remarks attributed to Al Azzawi in which he allegedly said that Iraq rejected the UN demarcation stipulated in Resolution 833.

According to the alleged remarks, Al Azzawi said that the Security Council had not right to decide on the borders of any country. “The border issue is bigger than the financial compensation and needs a lot of time to be resolved with the brothers in Kuwait.”



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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