Saudi Arabia, Kuwait to Hold Maritime Border Talks

Published June 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia and Kuwaiti oil ministers are to hold talks Tuesday on demarcating their maritime border, which runs through a disputed gas field in the northern Gulf, Kuwait's foreign minister said. 

Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah told AFP that the talks would "aim to reach a formula on an accord to demarcate the continental shelf in which the Dorra gas field is located". 

"An accord on the maritime border will complete the demarcation of the land border that was sealed two years ago," said Sheikh Sabah, who took part in a Gulf Arab foreign ministers' meeting in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Saturday. 

The Dorra field, discovered in 1967, is located in a sector of northern Gulf waters where the demarcation of the continental shelf is subject to rival claims by Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. 

On May 29th, Sheikh Sabah announced that the three countries would hold talks in June on resolving the territorial dispute over the offshore area rich in natural gas resources. 

He said Sunday that Iran was not concerned by the negotiations in Saudi Arabia. 

Following protests from Riyadh and Kuwait City, Tehran said on May 13 that it had stopped all drilling at the Dorra field and hoped the three-way dispute would soon be resolved. 

According to the Middle East Economic Survey, recoverable gas reserves in Dorra are estimated at seven trillion cubic feet - JEDDAH (AFP)  

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