GCC to Examine Qatar's Proposals on Iraqi Sanctions

Published June 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) said Saturday it would examine proposals put forward by Qatar aimed at easing crippling UN sanctions against Iraq, reported AFP. 

Qatar announced its ideas at a meeting of GCC foreign ministers in the western city of Jeddah, an official statement at the end of the meeting said. 

"The Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr al-Thani announced ideas aimed at ending the human suffering of the brotherly Iraqi people," the statement said. 

"These ideas will be consigned to a document which will be sent to GCC states so that they can comment and make recommendations," the statement added, without giving any details of the proposals. 

The GCC groups together Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 

Sanctions were first imposed on Iraq after its 1990 invasion of Kuwait. 

AFP also reported that the GCC called for the implementation of a UN resolution covering the right of Palestinian refugees to return home. 

The GCC of six Arab monarchies "believes that a just and global peace can only be realized if the Palestinian people recover all their legitimate rights," said the statement.  

Among these rights is the "return of Palestinian refugees" and "to create an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital," the statement said. 

The Gulf ministers backed UN resolution 194 which calls for the return of Palestinian refugees to land now occupied by Israel. 

The GCC groups together Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 

According to BBC.online, Ministers also discussed the territorial dispute between two of its members, Qatar and Bahrain. The Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, said at the opening of the meeting, that the GCC was reassured by what he called the wisdom of the leadership in both Qatar and Bahrain, and their willingness to prevent the dispute from harming the solidarity of the GCC.  

Qatar and Bahrain have been feuding over water boundaries, the Hawar islands in the Gulf and the Zubara land strip in Qatar – (Several Sources)  


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