Iraq, Iran Set Up Joint Committees to Solve Outstanding Problems
Iraq and Iran have formed a number of joint committees to handle problems unsettled since the end of their war in 1988 and the second Gulf War in 1991, reported the BBC radio.
It said that on the top of the panels’ agenda is the issue of POWs and that of the Iraqi military and civilian aircraft that Iraq landed in Iran during the a US-led coalition war against it following its invasion of Kuwait.
Other planes were landed in Jordan.
Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has achieved progress in locating sites where thousands of Iraqi and Iranian soldiers were buried in the battlefield, according to the BBC, which said that Baghdad still accuses Iran of hiding information about more war prisoners it allegedly holds.
Iran stresses that it has released all Iraqi POWs, but there have been reports that some of these refuse to go back to their homeland.
Baghdad and Tehran also trade accusations of “terrorist attacks” carried out by opposition groups harbored by both countries.
On September 7, Iraq called on Iran to put an end to "acts of terrorism" against its territory, saying such actions served US and Israeli interests in the region, reported AFP at the time.
"Iran's rulers would do well to re-think their policies ... and stop committing acts of terrorism against the Iraqi people," warned Ath-Thawra, mouthpiece of Iraq's ruling Baath party.
"The terrorist policy pursued by Iranian authorities towards Iraq will only promote US-Zionist interests in the region," the paper said.
"Tehran should realize that its arrogant policies and the terrorist acts it perpetrates against Iraq will never weaken the heroic Iraqi people, who defeated" Iran in the 1980-1988 war between the two countries.
Iraq on Tuesday blamed "agents of the Iranian regime" for a bomb blast in a central Baghdad market that wounded seven people. Iran rejected the charge.
Iraqi communiqués have listed 19 Iraqis killed and at least 119 wounded in attacks which Baghdad has blamed on Iran since the beginning of 2000.
The two nations have yet to conclude a formal peace treaty. Each country hosts the other's armed opposition.
Iran hosts the Supreme Assembly for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SAIRI), while Iraq serves as a base for the People's Mujahedeen, which often claims responsibility for armed attacks inside Iran – Albawaba.com
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