December 19, 2009 - 03:16:44
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Iran demands $1 trillion U.S. dollars in
compensation from Iraq for the damage done to the country during the
Gulf war, the Iranian Mehr News Agency (MNA) quoted an Iranian
lawmaker as saying.
“According to UN estimates, the Islamic Republic of Iran demands $1
trillion U.S. dollars in compensation from Iraq in compensation for
the damage caused by the war,” said the head of the foreign relations
committee in the Iranian Shura Council, Hassan Ibrahimi, according to
In response to what the Iranian news agency described as “allegations
of the Iranian seizure of an oil well in Iraq,” Ibrahimi said that his
country “will never have a dispute with Iraq.”
“The issue will be resolved by means of diplomatic dialogue,” he added.
The Iranian ambassador to Baghdad, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, had denied
reports that Iranian soldiers seized an oil well in Missan.
During an emergency meeting on Friday (Dec. 18), Iraq’s National
Security Council considered an Iranian force’s incursion into an
oilfield as “violation of the country’s sovereignty,” demanding “the
immediate withdrawal and removal of the Iranian flag from the well
tower in the field,” according to the Iraqi government’s official
The spokesperson said 11 Iranian soldiers had taken control of the
Fakka oilfield in a remote desert area of southeastern Iraq, in a
“violation of Iraqi sovereignty.”
Iraq demanded an immediate withdrawal from well No. 4 and the Fakka
oilfield, saying it was looking for a peaceful and diplomatic
settlement to the issue.
Iraqi officials said the Iranian soldiers crossed into Iraqi territory
on Friday and raised the Iranian flag at Fakka, whose ownership is
disputed by Iran.