Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Slams Iraqi Regime; Aziz Calls on Turkey Not to Cooperate With U.S.

Published February 21st, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, Jasem Mohammed Al-Khorafi said his call on the secretary general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa to not exceed his jurisdictions does not carry any insults towards him as it only aimed at recalling the "incredibility" of the Iraqi regime.  


Interviewed by the Egyptian al-Ahram daily on Wednesday, al-Khorafi said that the Iraqi regime continues to celebrate each year its 1990 invasion of Kuwait and had refused the Arab initiative which Kuwait accepted in the last Arab summit held in Amman during 2001. 


Quoted by KUNA, he considered Baghdad's call to form an Arab delegation to discuss the issue of the Kuwaiti POWs as a "funny one" as he asserted that the issue could not be overcome as it is related to every Kuwaiti family.  




Meanwhile, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tarek Aziz called on Turkey to "say no" to any US action against Baghdad, which Washington has termed part of an "axis of evil." "Turkey must say no to any possible US intervention against Saddam Hussein's regime, in its own interest," Aziz said in an interview with television news network CNN-Turk, quoted by AFP.  


"Turkey must say that it will not help (the American goals), that it will not allow the use of its airspace or its territory for an attack against Iraq," he added. "We are waiting for our neighbors, even more than the Europeans, to make their voices heard against these stupid, violent and illegitimate plans," Aziz said. 


"We have not received a message from Turkey indicating it is against this plan," he said, also calling on Ankara to push for a lifting of the sanctions slapped on Iraq after its 1990 invasion of Kuwait. 


Turkish support would be crucial for the US if it decided to strike Iraq. (Albawaba.com) 

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