Iraq to Ask Jordan to Resume Air Links

Published May 23rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Baghdad plans to ask Amman to resume direct air services between Jordan and Iraq, the chairman of Iraq's National Assembly said Monday. 

"Nothing in UN Security Council resolutions imposes an air embargo; the measure was decreed by the United States, Great Britain and other countries without regard to the law," Saadun Hammadi told reporters. 

He was speaking after the assembly adopted an action plan, which he said would "encourage Jordan to open up its air space to flights from and to Iraq." 

"Restarting flights to Iraq would put an end to a major part of the isolation the United States and Great Britain want to impose on Iraq," he said. 

The Iraqi parliament also called on the Arab League to contact Jordan to "facilitate civilian air traffic between Iraq and the rest of the world." 

In early April, a small twin-engine plane carrying an Italian European MP and a French Catholic priest entered Iraq in defiance of the international embargo as a protest.  

As the plane returned Jordan forced it to land and seized it, accusing the pilot of entering Jordan's airspace without permission -- BAGHDAD (AFP) 

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