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Qatar to GCC: Ease Sanctions (4 June 00)


Sunday, 4 June, 2000, 05:42 GMT 06:42 UK 
Qatar bid to lift Iraqi sanctions

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has said it will look at proposals from Qatar aimed at easing 
United Nations sanctions against Iraq. Qatar put forward its plan at a two-day meeting of GCC 
foreign ministers in the western Saudi city of Jeddah. 

"The Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr al-Thani announced ideas aimed at 
ending the human suffering of the brotherly Iraqi people," a statement said. 

"These ideas will be consigned to a document which will be sent to GCC states so that they can 
comment and make recommendations," the statement added, without giving any details of the 

The GCC is made up of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 

Sanctions were first imposed on Iraq after its 1990 invasion of Kuwait. 

Qatar Dispute 

The foreign ministers at the meeting have also been discussing a territorial dispute between Qatar 
and Bahrain. 

"I am not revealing a secret when I say we are all busy with the relations between Qatar and 
Bahrain," said Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal in a speech at the beginning of the 

Qatar and Bahrain have been feuding over water boundaries, the Hawar islands in the Gulf and the 
Zubara land strip in Qatar where Bahrain's ruling family lived 200 years ago. 

Their dispute is now before the Hague-based World Court. 

Before the meeting a Qatari diplomat said his country expected Bahrain to launch a campaign against 
Qatar to win the support of GCC members. 

Among other issues, the ministers discussed sending urgent assistance to Lebanon to help it rebuild 
after the Israeli withdrawal from the south of the country, and the Arab-Israeli peace process.
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