Published Date: September 27, 2009
KUWAIT: Officials said Kuwait could undergo some major developments in regard to outstanding issues that exist between Kuwait and Iraq. Officials said Kuwait faces two different courses Iraq may take in regard to the outstanding issues between the two countries.
While Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari continue to insist a good relationship exists between the two countries, the party of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri Al-Maliki, has issued a different opinion regarding how to deal with outstanding issues, including the compensations and the border issues. Certain members of his party have sought to bring up the issues, particularly in regard to the border issue, that have previously been settled on the international level.
Furthermore, sources indicated that such approaches taken by Al-Maliki's party are due to a persisting electoral conflict within Iraq which reflects negatively on the relationship between the two countries. Iraqi politicians tend to use the persisting issues with Kuwait as a tool to gain popularity among the Iraqi people before elections, the next of which will be held in January.
The sources further noted that they do not expect the issues will be resolved prior to the Iraqi elections, adding that the Security Council refrained from taking any action regarding the issues so that they could not be accused of bias.
According to the same sources, the recent meeting between HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad with Al-Talabani in New York was described as "honest." The prime minister asserted that Kuwait was committed to complying with international regulations, Al-Qabas reported.
They also said that Kuwait presented a series of investment ideas to be used instead of compensation which will eventually lead to Iraq's exit from the UN's Chapter Seven. The plans includes investments in industrial, agricultural and oil projects, in addition to other projects, while the private sector in Kuwait will also be invited to participate in these operations.