Saudi Arabia Calls on Iraq to Obey UN Resolutions if it Wants an End to Sanctions

Published June 7th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia's defense minister, Prince Sultan bin Abdel Aziz, Tuesday called on Iraq to conform to UN resolutions if it wanted sanctions against it to be lifted. 

"We are not opposed (to the sanctions being lifted), but we call on Iraq to implement all the resolutions of the UN Security Council," he told journalists who asked if Riyadh objected to the sanctions being ended. 

Iraq has frequently blamed Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for working with the United States and Britain to keep in place the sanctions imposed after its 1990 invasion of Kuwait. 

On Monday Baghdad accused Saudi Arabia and Kuwait of scuppering a Qatari proposal for a regional initiative aimed at easing the suffering of the Iraqi people. 

Meanwhile Saudi interior minister, Prince Nayef bin Abdel Aziz, in a denial of recent press reports, said his country had no plans to open a border post with Iraq to facilitate exports. 

"Saudi businessmen have made no such request," he said. 

Asharq Al-Awsat daily had reported that Riyadh was considering reopening the crossing at Ar'Ar to allow Saudi goods purchased by Iraq under the UN Oil-for-Food deal to cross. 

The deal allows Iraq to export crude oil under strict UN supervision and to use the proceeds to purchase essential goods. 

The post has been closed since the August 1990 invasion of Kuwait, and is reopened only once a year to enable Muslims to travel to Mecca for the annual Haj pilgrimage - RIYADH (AFP) 



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