Iraqi Newspaper: Kuwait's Ship-Seizing ‘Acts of Piracy’

Published June 26th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

An official Iraqi newspaper on Monday described the seizure of Iraqi boats in the Gulf by Kuwait's coastguard as "acts of piracy" and demanded that the United Nations intervene to stop it. 

"The leaders in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are not happy with the crimes they committed against Iraq and are looking for new ways of harming its people," charged Ath-Thawra newspaper, mouthpiece of the ruling Baath party. 

Kuwait's coast guard on Sunday seized an Iraqi wooden ship carrying a cargo of sheep inside Kuwait's territorial waters for allegedly breaking the UN embargo on Iraq. 

It was "an act of piracy," Ath-Thawra said. "These acts are a flagrant violation of Iraq's sovereignty and an armed aggression against the UN charter and international norms." 

"These provocative acts of piracy require intervention from the secretary-general of the Arab League, the United Nations and the acting president of the Security Council to put an end to them," the paper said. 

Kuwait also seized on Saturday an Iraqi oil tanker carrying 650 tons of diesel on its way from the southern Iraqi port of Umm Qasr to the United Arab Emirates with 12 crewmen on board. 

Kuwait seized two wooden ships in May and June, with 19 Indian and Pakistani crew on board, for violating the economic sanctions imposed on Iraq. The vessels were reportedly carrying leather, lentils, wool and dates – BAGHDAD (AFP) 

 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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