Iraqi Paper Accuses Turkey of Double Talk on Sanctions
An official Iraqi daily on Saturday accused Turkey of double talk on sanctions, saying Ankara wanted the UN embargo against Baghdad to be kept in place despite its public opposition.
"Turkish officials complain from time to time that the embargo on Iraq is damaging their economy but these statements are a joke because Ankara does not really want to ease" the sanctions, said Al-Iraq, the newspaper of pro-Baghdad Kurdish parties.
It said Ankara's aim was "to draw attention" in an effort to secure financial compensation from the United States, a hard-line advocate of keeping the sanctions in place.
Turkey estimates it has lost more than 35 billion dollars because of the embargo on neighboring Iraq, which has been under economic sanctions since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
In a toughening of the tone against Ankara, Iraqi foreign minister, Mohammad Said al-Sahhaf, on June 25th blasted Turkey as a "key partner" of the almost daily US-led air strikes on Iraq during patrols launched from a Turkish base - BAGHDAD (AFP)
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