Belgrade, Baghdad Say Sanctions Violate Human Rights

Published May 10th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Said Sahhaf and his Yugoslav counterpart Zivadin Jovanovic agreed in talks in Belgrade Tuesday that sanctions were a "flagrant violation" of human rights. 

Sahaf is on an official visit to Yugoslavia at the invitation of his Yugoslav counterpart Zivadin Jovanovic, AFP said, quoting Tanjug News Agency.  

"The sanctions are aimed at causing the suffering of entire peoples and represent a flagrant violation of human rights," Reuters quoted Jovanovic as saying after the meeting. 

The minister added that sanctions were uncivilized, unacceptable and absolutely counter-productive. 

Yugoslavia and Iraq, both internationally isolated and affected by sanctions, have established closer ties in recent years.  

Sahhaf hoped for development of relations with Yugoslavia, saying they should cooperate closely within international and regional organizations to obtain more support from the non-aligned countries and UN members for the lifting of sanctions, added AFP - (Agencies) 


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