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Reuters: "Kuwait welcomes a call to lift UN sanctions on Iraq"

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

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

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