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--------- Begin forwarded message ---------- To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [AL-AWDA-News] Haaretz: US asks Israel to transport Iraqi oil Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2003 14:17:46 GMT from Haaretz Last Update: 24/08/2003 14:40 Paritzky to discuss transfer of oil from Iraq during U.S. visit By Amiram Cohen and Akiva Eldar, Haaretz Correspondents and Haaretz Service The United States has asked Israel to prepare a plan to renew the transport of oil from the Iraqi city of Kirkuk to the Haifa port, Army Radio reported Sunday. Infrastructure Minister Yosef Paritzky told the station that he intends to leave for Washington within two weeks to discuss the project in meetings with U.S. officials. "I intend to examine the idea of an oil pipe, but the contacts are only preliminary," Paritzky told the station. Sources involved in the project said that it has far-reaching economic implications, but that it will not be carried out in the near future due to the instability of Iraq. The U.S. request followed Paritzky's demand in March this year to examine the possibility of renewing the transfer of oil from Iraq to Israel, as reported by Haaretz. The pipeline transferring oil from Iraq to refineries in Haifa was shut down after the 1948 war, and the oil was transported to the Mediterranean Sea through Syria. There have been several attempts to renew the line's operation in Haifa, the last one during the Iran-Iraq war, after the Gulf was closed to Iraqi tankers, and after Syria agreed to Iran's request to block the land pipe that transported Iraqi oil to the west. Then-prime minister Yitzhak Shamir offered Iraq to renew the activity of the old pipeline and transfer the oil to Haifa. --------- End forwarded message ---------- ________________________________________________________________ The best thing to hit the internet in years - Juno SpeedBand! Surf the web up to FIVE TIMES FASTER! Only $14.95/ month - visit www.juno.com to sign up today! _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk