Iraq on Wednesday, April 18, renewed accusations that Kuwait was stealing oil from fields on their border, a charge Baghdad used to justify its 1990 invasion of the emirate. "The leaders of Kuwait continue to steal Iraqi crude," from the demilitarized border zone set up by the United Nations after Iraq's ouster from Kuwait in the 1991 Gulf War, said Ath-Thawra newspaper, mouthpiece of the ruling Baath party.
But the newspaper added a tone of compromise to its accusations. "These are joint oilfields which should be exploited jointly by the two parties under an accord ... or which one of the two parties should exploit on behalf of both in line with an agreement," it said. Ath-Thawra charged that Kuwait's "investment in and development of these border fields amount to theft," an accusation previously denied by Kuwait.
"Do we not have the right to call for the United Nations and Security Council to put a halt to this theft and to demand compensation?" the daily asked, estimating Iraqi losses at $2 billion. —(AFP)
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