(RED) THIS IS GREAT! NOW LET'S WAIT FOR THE UN COUNCIL TO MEET AND SEE IF THIS IS "REALLY" WHAT HAPPENS.. FOR ONLY THE UN DECIDES~
Foreign Relations: We got the formal approval of the Ki-moon to remove Iraq from Chapter VII ~CHATTELS
Confirmed the Foreign Relations Committee, the parliamentary get Iraq to formal approval by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to remove Iraq from Chapter VII, to the convergence of views between Iraq and Kuwait.
comes at a time promised by the Commission's new development of Iraqi-Kuwaiti relations are model picture that should be it the level of inter-Arab relations to promote the portal joint Arab cooperation in all fields.
Committee member MP Hassan al-Hamdani said that as a result of the political movement great communication and التفاوضات minute before Iraq is to reach the exit from Chapter VII-VI.
said Hamdani for »Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network» that «sticking points between Iraq and Kuwait have become accessible and parked to transform Iraq from Chapter VII-VI, which makes Iraq has a sovereign right to cover legally and constitutionally support it,
End of the month automatically begins to leave Iraq from Chapter VII-CHATTELS
Follow-up / E-righteousness 2013-06-15
Undersecretary of the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry Khaled Al-Jarallah that there is a memorandum prepared to be adopted soon between Iraq and Kuwait to develop the northern oilfields and then direct extraction of oil in the light of this note. Indicating that the end of the month will begin Iraq automatically Belkrog of Chapter VII final.
The newspaper quoted Kuwaiti politics today Jarallah say about whether the Iraqi side has touched to the port of Mubarak Al-Kabeer during the visit of Prime Minister of Kuwait to Baghdad: not touching to this subject and the port of Mubarak proceeding according to plans drawn and there is no new about it and to start work there soon the reception of ships and spin the wheel in this vital port too, which will not be in the interest of Kuwait only, but also for the benefit of Iraq.
". He stressed that "the success of the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak to Iraq all standards and were positive and fraternal, transparent and very frank was addressed to all the files did not rule out any particular file at all, adding that there are common understandings about these files that are related to the relationship of bilateral and brotherly relations between the two countries, and we went to Baghdad to turn the page on the past and to establish relations Makhrh respect, understanding and good neighborliness and common interests. "
And on what was said by Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said the amount of compensation remaining on the Iraq / / 11 billion dollars and the ball is now in the court of Baghdad out of Chapter VII to pay this amount may have once said, "The compensation is going according to its schedule and Iraq is committed to have paid a one-time or continue to be paid according to schedule until mid-2015
He denied "address or search on the subject of Kuwaiti debt owed by Iraq during a visit to Baghdad.
He Jarallah: When we say that we helped Iraq Yes, we worked with our brothers in Iraq out of Chapter VII-VI and this result in fulfillment of Iraq's international obligations, particularly with regard to the resolution / 833 / and we expect over the next week or at the end of this month to begin the transition to our brothers in Iraq and exit Chapter VII of the final.
He pointed out "that the talks Kuwaiti - Iraqi touched on the situation in Syria, because what happens where a painful thing and a humanitarian catastrophe and therefore it was necessary to talk about him and his potential to get out of this ordeal and disaster experienced by our brothers in Syria.
Putting the final touches to remove Iraq from Chapter VII
06/20/2013 1:50 am
United Nations officially recommends so .. And Zebari discussed with the ambassadors of the five permanent members
of Baghdad - Basra - morning recommended UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a report submitted to the Security Council, to derail Iraq from the provisions of Chapter VII after Ivaúh all its international obligations. comes at a time searchable and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari with Ambassadors from the five permanent members of the Security Council accredited to Baghdad, the deliberations currently under way to adopt a new resolution in the Council to remove Iraq from Chapter VII, while stressing the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Martin Kobler, the importance of developing economic relations between Iraq and Kuwait next step after get rid Iraq of international sanctions.
ONCE AGAIN THE DISCUSSION OF WORKING OUT MONEY OWED KUWAIT BEING WORKED OUT VIA INVESTMENTS IN KUWAIT ~ RED LILY ~
were Western sources familiar with, told the "morning" in a telephone conversation on Wednesday of last week, that the UN Security Council vote on Iraq out of Chapter VII on June 27 Current after Iraq's commitment to the implementation of all UN resolutions.
also confirmed These sources high, that these trends came after the approval of the State of Kuwait on it, and obtaining the green light by Russia recently. These are recommendations internationalism important achievement is calculated on the foreign policy success for the government, confirms that Iraq returned stronger than the events of 1990, which saw the occupation regime dictatorial Kuwait.
said Ki-moon, in his 35th report to the Security Council and the Security Council resolution 1284 of 1999: "It commends both Iraq and Kuwait for their efforts which led to the solution of outstanding issues between the two countries to remove Iraq from Chapter VII." and recommended Ki-moon In his report on the implementation of Iraq's international obligations, directed from Chapter VII after the completion of the maintenance project marks the border between Kuwait and Iraq, in implementation of Security Council Resolution 833 of 1993, and the progress that has been made to settle the issue of land and private property citizens Iraqis that occurred within Kuwaiti territory.
confirmed Secretary-General of the United Nations that "the common ground agreed by Iraq with Kuwait in respect of missing Kuwaitis and Kuwaiti property is an important achievement refers to a new level of mutual trust and a new chapter of relations between the two neighboring countries," adding that "Iraq's implementation of its obligations under Chapter VII and on the border with Kuwait created the right conditions for further progress in relations between the two countries. "
It should be noted that the visit of the Kuwaiti Prime Minister Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah to Iraq last week, concluded the agreement eliminates remove Iraq from Chapter VII, and draws the foreign ministers of the two countries to New York to submit a request to the United Nations, as well as strengthening relations between the two countries after the signing of joint agreements.
Now the article is going to repeat itself (sigh) ~ RED LILY ~
extensive details recommended that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a report submitted to the Security Council, to derail Iraq from the provisions of Chapter VII after Ivaúh all its international obligations.
comes at a time searchable and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari with the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the Security Council accredited to Baghdad, the deliberations currently under way to adopt a new resolution in the Council to remove Iraq from Chapter VII, while stressing the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Martin Kobler, the importance of development of economic relations between Iraq and Kuwait.
The Western sources familiar with, told the "morning" in a telephone conversation on Wednesday of last week, that the UN Security Council vote on Iraq out of Chapter VII on June 27 Current after Iraq's commitment to the implementation of all UN resolutions. also confirmed these sources high, such that directions came after the approval of the State of Kuwait on it, and obtaining the green light by Russia recently.
confirm these recommendations the UN that Iraq returned stronger than the events of 1990, which saw the occupation of the dictatorial regime of Kuwait. Iraq and Chapter VII said Ki-moon, in his 35th report to the Council Security and the Security Council resolution 1284 of 1999: "It commends both Iraq and Kuwait for their efforts which led to the solution of outstanding issues between the two countries to remove Iraq from Chapter VII." and recommended Ki-moon in his report on the implementation of Iraq's international obligations, directed from Chapter VII after the completion of maintenance project marks the border between Kuwait and Iraq, in implementation of Security Council Resolution 833 of 1993, and the progress that has been made to settle the issue of land and private property citizens Iraqis that occurred within Kuwaiti territory. stressed the Secretary-General of the United Nations that "the common ground agreed by Iraq with Kuwait with respect to missing Kuwaitis and Kuwaiti property is an important achievement refers to a new level of mutual trust and a new chapter of relations between the two neighboring countries, "adding that" Iraq's implementation of its obligations under Chapter VII of borders with Kuwait created the right conditions for further progress in the relations between two countries. "
He continued that "the governments of Iraq and Kuwait ابدتا respect for mutual interests of national to reach an agreement acceptable and beneficial," adding that "if agreed the Security Council on these recommendations, Iraq will emerge from Chapter VII, and regain his international as it was before the invasion of the former regime of Kuwait in August 1990. "
It should be noted that the visit of the Kuwaiti Prime Minister Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah to Iraq last week, concluded an agreement leading to the withdrawal of Iraq from Chapter VII, and draws the foreign ministers of the two countries to New York to submit a request to the United Nations.
missing Kuwaitis to Moon recommended to end the mandate of the Special Coordinator for the United Nations in Iraq responsible for my missing Kuwaiti property, and the transfer of his duties with the requests made by Kuwait to the United Nations mission to help Iraq (UNAMI) and work out under Chapter VI.
indicated that the Special Coordinator of the UN in Iraq, which was responsible for following up the issue of missing Kuwaitis and Kuwaiti property Gennady Tarasov, has left his post at the end of last December, and has not the Security Council consider the future of this position or approval to extend the funding for it. The UN Security Council established the post of High Representative of resolution 1284 in 1999 and was appointed the first Coordinator of him Yuli Vorontsov.
will the UN Security Council to consider the adoption of the draft resolution in this regard in the 27 of June now.
Kuwait was for its part, has made a number of requests to be included in the resolution which will be released end of this month, the appointment of a special (UNAMI) to follow my missing Kuwaitis and Kuwaiti property, and not be a mandate linked to the Mission's mandate and that the reports on the two files separate from the periodic reports of UNAMI.
In this regard, he drew Ki-moon that he would "work for the full implementation of the resolution if adopted by the Security Council concerning the future of the functions of High Representative" he said, adding that it "is not yet achieving the objectives of the delegation coordinator Supreme despite the commitment of the Iraqi authorities and their efforts in these files."
and as Ki-moon "Iraq's commitment to finding a solution to the issue of missing Kuwaitis and other nationalities, which continues to be a pain and suffering to their families bereaved" , expressing his hope that "Iraq continues to work on the ground will lead to clarify the fate of those missing, which strengthens the trust between Iraq and Kuwait."
He explained that moves the future in this regard will be through the Tripartite Commission headed by the International Red Cross, adding that " Iraqi officials have confirmed that they will continue to work on finding the remains of missing Kuwaitis. "
The report pointed to "conduct excavation work at the site quintiles last May to search for the possible existence of graves in it, but he has not found any evidence of the existence of bodies buried there," noting that he "has been postponed drilling operation at another location south of Baghdad, for security reasons."
the report pointed out that there are several reasons hampering search operations, such as lack of important information about the mass grave sites and travel of witnesses outside the country because they do not want or feel insecure for cooperation in this regard.
also pointed out that the University of Alabama American has developed a new technology to analyze changes in the soil, could help in the search for the remains of missing Kuwaitis, in addition to the missing Iraqis in the period of the former regime. The report said that "Kuwaiti officials renewed importance of access to satellite images back to the year 1991 in the United States could facilitate the identification of sites of mass graves, "while pointing out that the Iraqi officials will demand from Russia get the pictures of site quintiles back to the years 1990 and 1991."
mentions that he found the remains of 236 people only among the missing Kuwaitis of number 602 and others of other nationalities. Kuwaiti property On the issue of stolen Kuwaiti property, between Ki-moon to the Security Council that "Iraq is continuing its efforts to clarify the fate of the property, and the restoration of Kuwait files governmental organizations which were stolen during the invasion of Saddam indispensable to preserve the historical records of the country , "pointing out that" Iraq handed to the Kuwaiti side recently 57 tape follower of Kuwait Television, and about 400 books and three albums containing pictures of members of the Kuwaiti government and silverware by sealing the State of Kuwait. "
the permanent members Meanwhile, Research and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari with ambassadors The five permanent members of the Security Council accredited to Baghdad, Deputy Representative of the United Nations (UNAMI) in Iraq, the position and see Iraq for deliberations currently under way for a new resolution in the Council about Iraq out of the provisions of Chapter VII. According to a Foreign Ministry statement received "morning," a copy of it yesterday Wednesday, that "Zebari said during the meeting the importance of a new resolution, clear and explicit about fulfilling Iraq's international obligations stipulated in UN Security Council resolutions concerning relations Iraq - Kuwait."
and across Zebari government's appreciation for the positions of all the five permanent members and supportive of both Iraq and Kuwait, In order to solve the remaining issues as a result of the invasion Saddam to the State of Kuwait. statement noted that the ambassadors praised the great efforts made by the two sides of Iraq and Kuwait to resolve their differences peacefully, cultural and taking into account the interests of both countries.
Kobler and the Council of Basra, in the meantime, announced the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Martin Kobler, the international sanctions imposed on Iraq will be filed before the end of June now, because the most important issue in this item are the demarcation of the border has been agreed upon completely. said Kubler during a joint news conference with the head of the provincial council in Basra, Khalaf Abdul Samad in the building of the Council of the province on Wednesday: "The United Nations will lift Chapter VII of Iraq by the end of June current, because the most important issue in this chapter is the demarcation of the border has been agreed upon fully."
Kubler, who visited Basra yesterday afternoon after visiting Kuwait, pointed out that "There is a step should be to talk about the development of economic relations between Iraq and Kuwait in the post-Chapter VII," pointing to "the existence of specialized committees to continue the search for missing Kuwaitis, as well as resolve the file Kuwaiti documents and returned to Kuwait."
For his part, head of the provincial council in Basra Khalaf Abdul Samad during the conference that "Iraq's cooperation in resolving a border with Kuwait for the lifting of sanctions," pointing out that "Basra will be allocated a large part of the investment funds in the agreement between the two sides of Iraq and Kuwait, which requires an investment of money Kuwaiti private debt owed by Iraq the establishment of investment projects, "he said. Abdul Samad pointed out that "the Basra Governorate Council would be the Department of Foreign Relations means for activating international relations with neighboring countries and activation of the twinning between Basra and the global economic cities."
Said the Special Representative of the United Nations in Iraq, Martin Kobler that all the special things the seventh item on Iraq ended and that the two governments in Kuwait and Baghdad agreed and achieved what is for the benefit of the two countries.
He said Kubler during a press conference held yesterday at the headquarters of the provincial council in Basra, in the presence of President of the Council behind Abdul Samad "There is a new step between the governments of Iraq and Kuwait and the local government in Basra has a crucial role in this matter."
And (KOBLER) added that "all the issues resolved including the issue of demarcation of the border did not leaving only the issue of the debt will be paid by Iraq to Kuwait, "noting that" a new stage will be between the two countries and the seventh item is from the past and present is the new relations with Kuwait."
For his part, head of the provincial council in Basra, Khalaf Abdul Samad," The visit Kubler was discussed out of Iraq from Chapter VII as well as how to invest money Kuwait owed by Iraq through investment, as well as activating the role of the UN in the country. "
sO IRAQ OWES KUWAIT 11 BILLION DOLLARS.. IMO, THIS LOOKS LIKE THEY MAY BE DISCUSSING 'OTHER OPTIONS' FOR PAYMENT BY WAY OF 'INVESTMENTS' FROM IRAQ TO KUWAIT... ~ RED LILY ~
He was Prime Minister of Kuwait, Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah, arrived shortly before the Bgdadunaakec main outstanding issues. As announced during the Conference press release that "the State of Kuwait sent to all members of the UN Security Council and to the United Nations message for reporting fulfill Iraq's obligations and that the Endowment of them can be treated under Item VI.
IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN IF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL WILL TAKE THIS SUGGESTION ~ RED LILY ~
to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN Security Council to put an end" to the threat of sanctions international sanctions on Iraq under Chapter VII by the invasion of the former regime of Kuwait. "
said Ban Ki-moon in his report, which he read at a meeting of the council held on Tuesday that" the UN Security Council to put an end to the threat of sanctions which still threatens Iraq since 1990, due to improved Relations between the two countries. "
OK.. WHAT WE NEED TO LOOK FOR NOW NEWSHOUNDS, IS AN ARTICLE DIRECTLY FROM THE UN WEBSITE STATING SUCH.. THEN IT WILL BE CONFIRMED AND OFFICIAL ~ RED LILY ~
He touched the Secretary-General of the United Nations in his report to" the negotiations between the two countries on the stage that followed the invasion, "adding that" the two countries reached the new level of confidence and opened a new chapter in their relations. "
and asked Ban Ki-moon of the UN Security Council" Finish the threat of sanctions or the use of force against Iraq under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, the Council discusses this topic next week. "
He was Secretary General of the UN has telephoned following the visit of the Kuwaiti delegation to Baghdad with the Emir of Kuwait, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on the latest developments in relations between the two countries, before that receives representatives of Iraq and Kuwait in the international organization, which request from Ki-moon displayed Iraq out of Chapter VII of the UN Security Council.
According to the delegate of Kuwait permanent United Nations, the Security Council will consider the matter on June 27 present and that he believed that the decision will pass without any hindrance.
Parliamentary economy: Iraq will regain economic strength in the region after his release from Chapter VII
BAGHDAD / Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network (IMN) - Committee said the economy and investment representative, on Friday, that the exit of Iraq from Chapter VII of the UN Charter, it is poised to recover economic development in the region, and showed n all obstacles facing Iraq in economic and financial issues will be removed by the end of sanctions.
He said the Commission's decision Mahma Khalil's (IMN) said that "Iraq has all its legal and financial obligations to the UN Security Council resolutions and exit from Chapter VII would enable it to regain its real economy in the region," noting that "some countries regrettably played a negative role in an attempt to block the exit of Iraq from Chapter VII. "
Unless they paid that 11 billion, they DO NOT have all their financial obligations fulfilled. I am REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEWS THAT WILL COME OUT AFTER THE UN MEETS ON THE 27TH... UNTIL THEN. THE SUBJECT IS A MOOT POINT IMO. ~ RED LILY ~
Khelil said that "Iraq is a strong return to the region, which derives its strength from its economy and its bounty," pointing out that "Iraq will be free from all Alaqiod imposed on him after his release from Chapter VII."
Khalil between that "Iraq's foreign policy represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has succeeded through the efforts made during the past years to reach the stage of removing Iraq from Chapter VII," adding that "Chapter VII still restricts Iraq from the financial and economic."
He pointed out that "the withdrawal of Iraq from Chapter VII is to restore the prestige of the Iraqi state, after the right of the former regime damage the prestige of Iraq."
And fulfilled by Iraq with its obligations to pay 41 billion dollars to Kuwait for war reparations Iraq and Kuwait, where pay for the Iraqi people as a result of the reckless policies of the former regime.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon said in a report submitted to the Security Council, remove Iraq from the provisions of Chapter VII after Ivaúh all its international obligations.
It is expected to vote on the Security Council to remove Iraq from Chapter VII on June 27 after the current Iraq's commitment to the implementation of all UN resolutions.
These recommendations are internationalist important achievement is calculated on the successful foreign policy of the government.
These recommendations emphasize the UN that Iraq returned stronger than the events of 1990, which saw the occupation of the dictatorial regime of the State of Kuwait.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations in his 35th report to the Security Council and the Security Council resolution 1284 of 1999: "It commends both Iraq and Kuwait for their efforts which led to the solution of outstanding issues between the two countries to remove Iraq from Chapter VII."
Zebari meets with US Ambassador: Discuss CH VII events and strategic framework agreement- CHATTELS
Posted: June 21, 2013 in Iraqi Dinar/Politics
Tags: Baghdad, Chapter VII, Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, Hoshyar Zebari, Iraq, kuwait, United Nations Security Council, zebari
Zebari and US Ambassador discuss Iraq out of the remaining provisions of Chapter VII
21-06-2013 03:54 PM
Baghdad (newsletter).Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, US Ambassador Robert Stephen bikroft Iraqi-US relations in the framework of strategic cooperation.
According to a Foreign Ministry statement received (News Agency), a copy of which the two sides discussed the domestic and regional situation after elections in Anbar, Ninawa and Syrian crisis and its impact on neighboring countries and the region.
The statement said the two sides discussed the efforts of the ongoing diplomatic Iraq in the Security Council to get out remaining provisions of Chapter VII and Iraq meet its international obligations and the preparations for his visit to Washington in the near future.
== Zebari looking with Beecroft Directed Iraq from Chapter VII
21/06/2013 – 15:22
Research and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, on Friday, with the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, the ongoing efforts to exit Iraq from the provisions of Chapter VII, as well as the internal situation after the elections of Nineveh and Anbar.
said a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, said that “Zebari discussed during his meeting with U.S. Ambassador United American Robert Stephen Beecroft, the presence of the Undersecretary for bilateral relations and head of the U.S. Agency and the Director of the Minister’s Office, “Iraq’s efforts ongoing diplomatic in the Security Council out of the remainder of the provisions of Chapter VII, and fulfill Iraq’s international obligations.”
the statement added that “the meeting also discussed , relations, Iraq – U.S. in the framework agreement of strategic cooperation, “pointing to” address during the meeting to the internal situation and regional after the elections that took place in the provinces of Anbar and Nineveh, and the developments of the Syrian crisis and its impact on neighboring countries and the region. “
It was Zebari had met recently, ambassadors of the five countries permanent members of the Security Council, adopted in Baghdad, Deputy Representative of the United Nations (UNAMI) in Iraq, to inform them of the situation and to see Iraq to the ongoing deliberations for the issuance of a new Council resolution on Iraq out of the provisions of Chapter VII.
FROM IRAQ'S POINT OF VIEW THIS IS WHAT WAS SAID ~ RED LILY ~
By: Mushreq Abbas for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on June 21.
After more than 23 years under the scope of UN Chapter VII following its invasion of Kuwait in 1990, Iraq finds itself closer than ever to getting out from under that chapter and gaining more independence in controlling its money, importing weapons, and — above all — getting recognized as a fully sovereign country.
The UN Security Council will cosnider this month whether to remove Iraq from UN Chapter VII regulations, but Iraqi-Kuwaiti relations still require permanent solutions to overcome the past.
Iraq: The End of 23 Years Under UN Chapter VII
Author: Mushreq Abbas
Translated by: Rani Geha
On June 19, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended to the UN Security Council that Iraq be taken out from under Chapter VII and that its outstanding issues with Kuwait be resolved in accordance with UN Chapter VI regulations.
In his report to the Security Council, Ban said, “The governments of Iraq and Kuwait have demonstrated statesmanship and respect for each other’s national interests, in reaching a mutually acceptable and beneficial arrangement. … Should the Security Council agree with my recommendation, Iraq will exit Chapter VII with regard to this file and will be one step closer to restoring its international standing, … an objective long sought by the leadership of the country following the removal of the regime of Saddam Hussein.”
That development came days after the Iraqi and Kuwaiti envoys requested from the UN secretary-general that the remaining differences between the two countries be settled within the scope of UN Chapter VI, after Kuwaiti Prime Minister Khaled Mubarak al-Sabah visited Baghdad on June 12.
After it invaded Kuwait, Iraq was required to pay Kuwait $52 billion in compensation, of which Iraq has so far paid $41 billion. During the Kuwaiti PM’s visit to Baghdad on June 12, it was agreed that the remaining amount — as well as other outstanding issues, such as the issues of the missing persons and the Kuwait archives that disappeared during the Iraqi occupation — be settled from within the scope of UN Chapter VI.
At a news conference on May 30, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said he expected Iraq to be released from Chapter VII in 2015. But the Kuwaiti initiative may have moved that date forward. The UN Security Council is expected to meet at the end of June and decide on Ban’s recommendation. (MEETING IS JUNE 27th: RL )
During his meeting with the ambassadors of the five permanent UN Security Council members on June 19, Zebari said that the decision to release Iraq from Chapter VII must include a clear statement that Iraq has implemented all its international obligations.
Although the Iraqi regime changed after the 2003 US invasion, Kuwait had been refusing that Iraq be released from Chapter VII because some in Iraq have opposed recognizing the border demarcation line drawn by UN Security Council Resolution No. 833 in 1993 under exceptional circumstances.
The Iraqi objections to the UN-demarcated border and to the joint oil fields have remained, despite that 250 Iraqi families living atop the new border line have been deported.
The essence of the dispute will not be completely resolved unless both sides establish a real and lasting cooperation, and finish the ongoing debate about the outstanding issues.
One dispute that still feeds popular anger and political demagoguery is the Mubarak Port, a controversial project under construction near the Kuwaiti Bubiyan Island. Iraq is concerned about the port’s potential impact on Iraq’s already limited maritime traffic in the Arabian Gulf.
Resolving the mutual differences regarding the border, the joint oil fields, or the Mubarak Port requires overcoming the ordeal of the past two decades at the cultural and popular levels.
The problem between Iraq and Kuwait is that their relationship remains mostly confined to the political and official spheres. There have been no significant economic, popular, cultural, artistic and athletic ties that would help overcome the crises of the past.
Although achieving such relationships is partly an Iraqi responsibility, it is mainly a Kuwait responsibility. For a century, Kuwait has been afraid of Iraq, a country that is larger and more populous and that refused to recognize Kuwaiti sovereignty for decades; and in 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait. So removing the gap separating the two peoples requires finding more effective and permanent solutions.
Mushreq Abbas is a contributing writer for Al-Monitor’s Iraq Pulse. He has been managing editor of Al-Hayat’s Iraq bureau since 2005, and written studies and articles on Iraqi crises for domestic and international publication.