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The headline overstates matters somewhat, but the following contains some interesting comments from Kuwait's Foreign Minister. Of the 34 Gulf War Allies, less than a handful (it seems fair to say) now support existing sanctions policy <http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/gulf.war/updates/coalition/index.html>. === http://www.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/meast/01/22/iraq.kuwait.reut/index.html Kuwait welcomes a call to lift UN sactions on Iraq January 22, 2001 Web posted at: 9:07 AM EST (1407 GMT) KUWAIT (Reuters) -- Kuwait on Monday welcomed a call for United Nations sanctions imposed on Iraq for invading and occupying its territory 10 years ago to be lifted. "I was the first to congratulate the editor-in-chief of al-Rai al-Aam newspaper for his editorial (calling for sanctions to be lifted)," Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah told reporters. "The issue is not lifting sanctions, it is the Iraqi regime which does not want the lifting to take place," Sheikh Sabah added. In rare front-page editorial on Sunday the Kuwaiti newspaper called for the end of sanctions, saying they hit ordinary Iraqis and only served to strengthen the leadership in Baghdad. "Iraq's regime will not fall unless it is directly targeted, and not by providing it with a fortress to use Iraqis as human shields," wrote editor Jassem al-Boodai. The sanctions were imposed against Iraq in August 1990 after it invaded Kuwait. The U.S.-led six-week Gulf War ended the seven-month occupation 10 years ago next month. Boodai said the United Nations should set up war tribunals to try Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and members of his regime instead of maintaining sanctions. -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://www.casi.org.uk