Security Council votes to end Iraq sanctions

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Hoshyar Zebari

The Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to lift sanctions against Iraq stemming from the 1991 invasion of Kuwait.

Council members on Thursday welcomed Iraq's commitment to implementing its obligations under previous resolutions to pay compensation to Kuwait, and its efforts to advance regional stability.

Hoshyar Zebari is Iraq's Foreign Minister.

“Our foreign policy and international relations have mainly focused on the means of ridding the people and country of Iraq of the burden placed by those resolutions. Such burdens would never have been imposed on Iraq had it not been for the aggressive policies of the former regime; policies of waging wars against its neighbours and internally repressing its own people.”

The resolution calls for Iraq to continue cooperating with the search for missing Kuwaiti property, including the national archives, and in facilitating the return of Kuwaiti and other citizens.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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