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UN Sanctions Must Stay Till Iraq Has Own Govt, Saudi Says
reuters ^ | 4/18/2003 | reuters

Posted on 04/18/2003 5:49:04 PM PDT by TLBSHOW

UN Sanctions Must Stay Till Iraq Has Own Govt, Saudi Says

April 18 — By Andrew Hammond

RIYADH (Reuters) - The U.S.-led forces that invaded Iraq had no right to exploit its oil and U.N. sanctions on Iraq should end only when it has a legitimate government, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said on Saturday.

Faisal, speaking after a meeting of eight regional states on post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, said the invading forces must reestablish security and withdraw as soon as possible, allowing Iraqis to form their own government.

"Now Iraq is under an occupying power and any request for lifting sanctions must come when there is a legitimate government which represents the people... and which can comply with its duties toward lifting sanctions," Faisal told reporters after the meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The United States wants a quick end to the 12-year-old sanctions, which would allow Iraq to sell oil to help pay for postwar reconstruction following Saddam's overthrow.

The first postwar regional forum also rejected U.S. accusations that Syria was sheltering aides of the former Iraqi president and developing chemical weapons. Syria denies both charges.

Faisal said the U.N. embargo on Iraq should end only when a representative government took control.

"(The ministers) affirmed that the Iraqi people should administer and govern their country by themselves, and any exploitation of their natural resources should be in conformity with the will of the legitimate Iraqi government and its people," he said, reading from a joint statement.

CENTRAL U.N. ROLE

The meeting in the Saudi capital was attended by foreign ministers of Iraq's neighbors Turkey, Iran, Syria, Kuwait and Jordan as well as Egypt and Bahrain, and was intended to discuss the implications for the region of the crushing U.S. victory.

Asked if those countries planned to play a role in shaping a new Iraq, Faisal said: "We will not permit ourselves to interfere in its (Iraq's) internal affairs."

The statement called for a central U.N. role in dealing with postwar Iraq. The United States is reluctant to give the United Nations and the global community a say in Iraq's political future.

The U.N. sanctions were imposed on Iraq after its 1990 invasion of oil-rich neighbor Kuwait. They allow limited oil sales under U.N. supervision to buy food, medicines and other vital civilian goods. They ban other Iraqi exports and rigidly control imports.

President Bush urged the United Nations on Wednesday to lift the sanctions, but the European Union, split over the U.S.-led war in Iraq, fears any rapid moves to end the embargo could further undermine the already strained authority of the United Nations.

The sanctions are the main political leverage U.N. Security Council members, including anti-war states France, Germany and Russia, have to persuade the United States to give the United Nations a role in the reconstruction of Iraq.

Earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said U.S.-led forces should leave Iraq and let the United Nations help the people there run their own affairs.

Barring Syria and Iran, all participants at the meeting are key U.S. allies that offered some form of support for the invasion. But they all fear the United States will install a puppet government regime in Iraq that would ally itself with Israel.

"(The ministers) underlined the obligations of the occupying powers under the fourth Geneva convention to maintain security and stability... and underlined their obligation to withdraw from Iraq and allow Iraqis to exercise their right to self-determination," the joint statement said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iraq; iraqifreedom; oil; postwariraq; sanctions; saudi; un

1 posted on 04/18/2003 5:49:04 PM PDT by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
Since Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Jordan, and Turkey have been making money evading the sanctions for years, so why would they want the sanctions lifted?
2 posted on 04/18/2003 5:52:06 PM PDT by Numbers Guy
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To: TLBSHOW
With friends like these, who needs enemies?
3 posted on 04/18/2003 5:52:47 PM PDT by Maigret
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To: TLBSHOW
These people are basically out of their mind.
4 posted on 04/18/2003 5:55:12 PM PDT by observer5
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To: TLBSHOW
Some nerve from the ragheads that begged us to save them from Saddam and financed the 15 terrorists tha killed 3000 in New York and Washington.

They are pimples on the butt of history.
5 posted on 04/18/2003 5:56:34 PM PDT by dinok
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To: TLBSHOW
We all know the reasons why they blocked it.

It's so unfunny how all these guys act like they have noble intentions for the Iraqi people.
6 posted on 04/18/2003 5:58:14 PM PDT by Bogey78O (check it out... http://freepers.zill.net/users/bogey78o_fr/puppet.swf)
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To: Maigret
How about we let Saudi have a say when they dump the wahabi radicals who are causing the problem.

Until then tell Saudi to just shut up.
7 posted on 04/18/2003 5:58:25 PM PDT by snooker
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To: TLBSHOW
Well, following Russia's lead we should just completely ignore the sanctions. So the US will have to buy all the Iraqi oil, not a big problem.
8 posted on 04/18/2003 5:58:30 PM PDT by EaglesUpForever (russia and france are hypocritical lying scum)
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To: Numbers Guy
Those that wanted sanctions lifted or weakened under the watch of the tyrant (France, Germany, Saudi, etc.) now want them kept in place for reasons that have nothing to do with their original rationale of eradicating WMD. Those that wanted them in place now want them lifted because their rationale has now disappeared. It is quite a display of ships passing in the night, with one fleet filled with philistines. This is one of the most execrable displays of State moral turpitude based on parochial pecuniary considerations I have ever witnessed. None of those taking passage on the fleet on the damned care about the welfare of the Iraqi people. They care only about themselves. It leaves me in shock and awe.
9 posted on 04/18/2003 6:00:07 PM PDT by Torie
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To: Torie
Those that wanted sanctions lifted or weakened under the watch of the tyrant (France, Germany, Saudi, etc.) now want them kept in place for reasons that have nothing to do with their original rationale of eradicating WMD.

Pretty astounding.

10 posted on 04/18/2003 6:04:00 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: EaglesUpForever
So the US will have to buy all the Iraqi oil, not a big problem.

I have been thinking the same thing. The US uses more oil than Iraq produces. We bid $20/bbl. No big deal.

The UK, Australia, and Italy might want in on this too.

We don't need no steenking UN!

11 posted on 04/18/2003 6:07:10 PM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: TLBSHOW
The last thing these scum want is Iraqi oil on the open market.
12 posted on 04/18/2003 6:09:10 PM PDT by polemikos
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To: TLBSHOW
Faisal, speaking after a meeting of eight regional states on post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, said the invading forces must reestablish security and withdraw as soon as possible, allowing Iraqis to form their own government.

I would have thought it abundantly clear by now that the United States of America does not take its marching orders from people who wear rugs on their heads. And that includes the ruling Bedouins of Saudi Arabia.

13 posted on 04/18/2003 6:09:14 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: TLBSHOW
This is similar to the argument of which came first, the chicken or the egg? With no income, how can a government be set up? I can see where this is the next stall of the United Nations. The ones I feel sorry for are the Iraqi people. They are caught between the US and the UN. The US is going to have to make the decision to get out of the UN or suffer the consequences every time we decide to look after our own security or actions.

These multinational organizations are not panning out to be in our interests, which is not unusual. The axiom that government is best that is closest to the people involved is still true. Our own leaders have forgotten this at their peril as well as ours.

14 posted on 04/18/2003 6:09:52 PM PDT by meenie
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To: Torie
This is one of the most execrable displays of State moral turpitude based on parochial pecuniary considerations I have ever witnessed.

Aw have mercy, I'm a GRITS....can someone explain.....preferably in English.

15 posted on 04/18/2003 6:10:55 PM PDT by SouthernFreebird
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To: CurlyDave
I wonder what the legal consequences will be if the US defies the embargo. I don't care about the political ones, since the motives of those that will use their veto to keep the sanctions in place are so transparent and revolting. To tell them "nuts" would do a body good.
16 posted on 04/18/2003 6:10:59 PM PDT by Torie
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To: SouthernFreebird
The perps are selfish amoral bastards. Does that help?
17 posted on 04/18/2003 6:11:37 PM PDT by Torie
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To: IronJack
You would think they would learn.
18 posted on 04/18/2003 6:13:02 PM PDT by TLBSHOW (The gift is to see the truth.....)
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To: TLBSHOW
The Saudis dont want Iraqi oil priced in US dollars or the US being able to get Iraqi oil flowing anytime soon..
After all its in their best interest to keep screwing us the way they have been all along..
The Saudis are our worst enemies..imo
19 posted on 04/18/2003 6:13:32 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Torie
With the general mood in this country right now, it might be a really good idea to leave us alone and let us go about the business of getting Iraq well. Those that are demanding we turn everything over to the UN haven`t been paying attention. Me thinks, if asked, most Americans would just as soon, dump the one worlders. Push us real hard France, we might take our ball and go home.
20 posted on 04/18/2003 6:13:53 PM PDT by bybybill (first the public employees, next the fish and, finally, the children)
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To: Torie

Much better.......thanks. LOL
21 posted on 04/18/2003 6:15:25 PM PDT by SouthernFreebird
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To: TLBSHOW
Simple solution. Sell the oil that used to be smuggled out through Syria, etc., to American and British oil companies.

Who would, then, of course, have less need for Saudi and Irani oil.

We didn't do this for the UN or for the other Middle East regimes. We did it to counter the threat of Middle East terrorism by liberalizing said regimes.

Sanctions. Schmanctions.

22 posted on 04/18/2003 6:16:26 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE.)
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To: okie01
Saudi wants to delay Iraqi oil production as long as possible. It benefits the price of their own oil.

There should be protests in Iraq with Iraqis protesting the Saudis, French, etc. They should proclaim "let us have our money". Our radio stations should be explaining this to the people.

23 posted on 04/18/2003 7:06:51 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy
"Our radio stations should be explaining this to the people."

Iraq could use a hefty dose of American-style talk radio.

Ali Rushbo would have them sacking the French embassy, drinking Snapple and driving SUVs...

24 posted on 04/18/2003 7:20:32 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE.)
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To: TLBSHOW
guess what, they have nothing to say about it
25 posted on 04/18/2003 7:23:11 PM PDT by The Wizard (Saddamocrats are enemies of America)
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To: Shermy
Saudi wants to delay Iraqi oil production as long as possible. It benefits the price of their own oil.

Bingo. And this statement from the Saudis is priceless:

"(The ministers) affirmed that the Iraqi people should administer and govern their country by themselves, and any exploitation of their natural resources should be in conformity with the will of the legitimate Iraqi government and its people," (the prince) said.

Yeah, right. The Saudis will immediately tell Iraq to hold their production down so the price of oil remains high. The Saudis have no more interest in Iraq exploiting their own resources than they have of getting rid of their radical clerics.

26 posted on 04/18/2003 7:51:18 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici
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To: Numbers Guy
The Saud's are the same Wahabi towelheads that spread their viscious "religion of peace" corrupting the world. They are just worried about their own revenues from oil. Iran has already intervened; apparently there's no prohibition for them regarding lying in their version of "the religion of peace".
Diana
27 posted on 04/18/2003 7:56:41 PM PDT by DianaN (Eternal Freedom)
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To: observer5
They have been having an out of mind experience for over 1400 years.
28 posted on 04/18/2003 8:02:44 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: TLBSHOW
"The U.S.-led forces that invaded Iraq had no right to exploit its oil and U.N. sanctions on Iraq should end only when it has a legitimate government, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said on Saturday."

As Church lady would say ... how conveeeenient.

This is like K-Mart opposing the opening of a new WalMart.

29 posted on 04/18/2003 8:05:02 PM PDT by WOSG (All Hail The Free Republic of Iraq! God Bless our Troops!)
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To: WOSG
"The U.S.-led forces that invaded Iraq had no right to exploit its oil and U.N. sanctions on Iraq should end only when it has a legitimate government, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said on Saturday."

And when will Saudi Arabia have a "legitimate government?"

30 posted on 04/18/2003 8:20:40 PM PDT by Timmy
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To: Torie
I wonder what the legal consequences will be if the US defies the embargo.

I don't think there are any enforcable legal consequences.

First, we have a powerful argument that the sanctions were imposed against the previous regiem. They are no longer in effect, Iraq is a different country than a month ago. We just go ahead and start shipping oil.

Secondly, the UN couldn't keep Iraq from cheating on the embargo. Which country would be willing to stop a tanker bound for the US? The UN has no navy of its own.

Big advantage--we again get to demonstrate that the UN is irrelevant.

31 posted on 04/18/2003 8:32:23 PM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: TLBSHOW
Asked if those countries planned to play a role in shaping a new Iraq, Faisal said: "We will not permit ourselves to interfere in its (Iraq's) internal affairs."

Who is the goat herding moron fooling ? He will just send his Wahabbi terrorist Imans to lay down the law in Iraq.
32 posted on 04/18/2003 8:35:16 PM PDT by John Lenin (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy,)
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To: TLBSHOW
"The sanctions are the main political leverage U.N. Security Council members, including anti-war states France, Germany and Russia, have to persuade the United States to give the United Nations a role in the reconstruction of Iraq. "
Seems to me they got it wrong. The control of the ground in Iraq is the main poltical leverage the US has over the UN security council
33 posted on 04/19/2003 12:32:15 AM PDT by ping jockey
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To: TLBSHOW
as will grown more apparent....for U.S....Iraq=Tarbabby
34 posted on 04/19/2003 1:13:38 AM PDT by mc10
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To: WOSG
in my town k mart just closed their doors last sunday......
35 posted on 04/19/2003 6:47:22 AM PDT by TLBSHOW (The gift is to see the truth.....)
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