The Saudi Arabian authorities have seized the inoperative Iraqi-Saudi crude oil pipeline in retaliation for what was described as Baghdad's recent aggression against the kingdom.
In a letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Anan, the Saudi said that they had assumed full control over the pipes themselves, the pumping stations, the storage tanks, the maritime terminal at Mueijiz, the communications system and the loading facilities, all of which will revert in its entirety to the government of Saudi Arabia.
Among the acts of aggression cited by the Saudis were 11 raids on Saudi border outposts in March, April and May.
The pipeline in question has not been used since Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Inaugurated in September 1989, it managed to transport 876 million barrels of crude oil before being shut down. – (MENA Report)
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