Kuwait lawmaker slams calls for border-demarcation nullification

September 29, 2011

A Kuwaiti lawmaker has dismissed demands by more than 100 Iraqi parliamentarians to their government to reject the current United Nations border demarcation between Kuwait and Iraq.

An Iraqi parliamentary bloc last week said that it was signing up lawmakers to force the government to call for a review of the border agreement “reached under pressure from the US”.

“We are used to reading or hearing statements by Iraqi individuals or groups regarding some cases related to Iraqi-Kuwaiti ties just like we are used to the Kuwaiti government’s low key response to such statements,” MP Ahmad Al Saadoun said.

“This eerie silence cannot be accepted while Iraqi MPs continue making such statements in regards to Security Council Resolution Number 833/1993 and the call for what they describe as friendly talks between Iraq’s and Kuwait’s parliaments to redraw the borders,” he said, quoted by Kuwaiti daily Kuwait Times on Thursday.

The veteran lawmaker said that “it is necessary to confirm that neither Kuwait’s parliament nor Kuwait’s government has the right to discuss this subject after it was decided by UN Security Council Resolution 687/1991 in regards to the ceasefire which was issued on April 3, 1991 and following resolutions.”

“The Republic of Iraq has deposited its compliance document and the procedures the Security Council asked for in its resolution 949/1994. It thus became a UN document,” he said.

Iraqi protesters have this month staged demonstrations to demand “the nullification of the UN resolution related to the demarcation of the Kuwait-Iraq border.”

A controversy over the construction of the Mubarak Port in Kuwait has recently erupted between politicians and parliamentarians from Kuwait City and Baghdad amid concerns it would degenerate into a deep crisis, particularly that several vexatious and thorny issues between the two countries have not been settled.

On Tuesday, Iraqi media reported that Baghdad was taking drastic measures to limit trading with Kuwait.

According to the reports, Iraq will decrease the number of trucks crossing the Safwan border point from 2,000 to 60 a day, and to increase fee dues for trucks from Kuwait to $100.




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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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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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