Report: Iraq Impatient at Lack of OIC Support on Sanctions
Iraq is pushing fellow Islamic nations to support its call for a lifting of United Nations sanctions but is getting little backing so far, a report said Thursday.
The Star newspaper said Iraq was impatient at lack of support from the 56-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), whose foreign ministers are holding a four-day conference in Kuala Lumpur.
The sanctions were imposed after Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990.
Iraqi delegation member, Saadoon Zubaydi, was quoted as saying that 10 years or so after the Gulf War the OIC still refused to understand his country's plight.
Saadoon said Baghdad had made every effort to comply with UN resolutions and destroy its weapons even though arms inspections were just a pretext for spying.
"We have done everything at the expense of our children dying, our country becoming poor and the whole nation being devastated," he was quoted as saying.
"We hope to get the OIC to support our call for the UN sanctions to be lifted."
Iraqi delegates were not immediately available for comment on the report.
According to a draft agenda, delegates this week were due to discuss "the consequences of Iraq's aggression against the State of Kuwait and the necessity for Iraq to implement the relevant Security Council resolutions." -- KUALA LUMPUR (AFP)
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