Amman has notified the UN Security Council of its rejection of the British-US proposal for "smart" sanctions on Iraq, Jordan's Information Minister Saleh Kallab said Tuesday, June 19.
"Jordan has informed the Security Council officially and in writing of its rejection of the proposal for smart sanctions, telling it that these sanctions will have the same fate as preceding sanctions," Kallab said, quoted by Kuwait's Al-Rai Al-Aam newspaper.
"Every Arab is opposed to the sanctions imposed on Iraq. We want Iraqi children to sleep without suffering, and the Kuwaitis to sleep without nightmares," the minister said.
Jordan, Egypt and Syria informed touring UN Secretary General Kofi Annan last week of their opposition to the revision of the sanctions regime imposed for Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, according to a senior UN official.
Iraq has warned its neighbors of a cut in trade and oil links, if they cooperate with smart sanctions.
Britain has circulated a Security Council draft resolution that would abolish curbs on civilian trade with Iraq, but tighten a weapons ban and controls on smuggling outside the UN oil-for-food deal.
Iraq on June 4 suspended more than two million barrels per day of oil exports under the UN humanitarian deal in protest at the sanctions plan, which the Security Council aims to put to the vote by early July. ― (AFP, Kuwait City)
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