GCC Hails 'Historic' Saudi-Yemen Border Deal

Published June 13th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Tuesday hailed the border agreement between Saudi Arabia and Yemen that brought an end to a long-running dispute between the two neighbors as "historic." 

"The GCC countries hail this historic move and think (the accord) shows they are capable of settling their problems through dialogue and sincere will," the Riyadh-based GCC said in a statement. 

Saudi Arabia and Yemen signed a treaty Monday in the western Saudi city of Jeddah, marking a new era in relations between the two countries, soured for decades by the border conflict. 

A joint statement announced that the treaty was "definitive and permanent" and covered the entire 2,500-kilometre (1,560-mile) land border as well as defining the maritime line. 

After a series of clashes, Riyadh and Sanaa agreed in 1995 to renew a 1934 border agreement, but had made little progress in talks over the past five years to demarcate the frontier - RIADH (AFP) 

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