Iraq has approved a contract with Kuwait regulating the use of a shared waterway through which most of Baghdad’s oil exports flow, which Iraq had blamed its neighbor of attempting to cut off.
The control of the Khor Abdullah waterway is one of the few outstanding matters between Kuwait and Iraq remaining from now-executed dictator Saddam Hussein’s August 1990 invasion of the emirate.
Cabinet secretary general, Ali al-Alaak told in a news conference that ministers did approve the contract for regulating navigation in the Khor Abdullah, voicing their hopes that it would clear the way for talks on the other unresolved disputes between both of the countries.
Alaak said that the agreement helped in advancing the discussion about the other unresolved matters between Kuwait and Iraq. He said that the deal was approved by the Kuwait parliament.
The waterway of Khor Abdullah serves as Iraq’s entrance to the Gulf, through which the vast majority of its oil exports flow.
Baghdad began voicing concern in the year 2011, that a Kuwaiti plan for a massive port would strangle its shipping lanes in the narrow waterway, but Kuwait has insisted that the port will not have any effect on Iraq.
The construction was begun by Kuwait on the container port in the year 2007, but Baghdad only raised objections to it in May 2011, almost a month after Kuwait’s emir laid the foundation stone.
Ketaeb Hizbullah, an Iraqi Shiite militant group had earlier threatened to target firms working on the port project.
The matter is one of several the two countries are trying for resolving that remain from Saddam’s 1990 invasion, with Iraq looking in particular to put an end to the disputes in order to exit United Nations Security Council restrictions resulting from the attack.
The 5 % of the oil and gas revenues was paid by Baghdad into a special United Nations fund that pays compensation to Kuwait for its attack and seven-month occupation of the emirate.
Source: [Nahar Net]