Saudi Arabia Urges UN to Stop Iraqi Violations on Border
Saudi Arabia on Monday urged the UN to stop Iraqi violations on the Saudi border, and to prevent actions that “seek to undermine security and stability in the area,” reported the official Kuwaiti news agency, KUNA.
In a letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the Saudi ambassador to the UN, Fawzi Shobokshi, said that the last attempt to violate the kingdom's border by Iraqis was to smuggle 45 kilograms of drugs.
Shobokshi added that “such activities by the Iraqis lead to [a shake-up of]...security in the region.”
He noted that on June 11, a Saudi frontier force patrol at the Saddawi post in the Rafha sector in the kingdom's northern province spotted a vehicle alongside the Iraqi border, but inside the Saudi territory.
“The Saudi patrol was deployed in the direction of the vehicle in question,” he added.
Seven persons penetrated 500 meters inside the Saudi territory.
“Those who remained fired on the Saudi patrol and the patrol exchanged fire with them, forcing them to head back to Iraq, leaving 45 kilograms of hashish behind them,” he charged.
In mid-June, Saudi Arabia seized an Iraqi oil pipeline and said it may be used to transport gas after some repairs and technical changes.
Most of Iraq's dual pipeline runs parallel to a Saudi pipeline from Jubail on the Gulf to the Red Sea port of Yanbu.
Saudi authorities announced the seizure of Iraq's pipeline, which was built in the late 1980s at a cost of $2.2 billion to transport Iraqi crude to the Red Sea, in a letter to the United Nations.
Saudi Arabia disconnected the pipeline after Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990, and it has not been used since - Albawaba.com
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