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Security Council Eases Some Sanctions On Iraq


Iraqis in Tikrit protest carry portraits of Saddam Hussein at a demonstration in 2007, the year after his execution.

Iraqis in Tikrit protest carry portraits of Saddam Hussein at a demonstration in 2007, the year after his execution.

Iraq has welcomed a United Nations Security Council resolution easing sanctions that were imposed after Saddam Hussein's regime invaded Kuwait in 1990.

The Security Council on June 27 unanimously lifted the threat of military action linked to the search for Kuwaitis and Kuwaiti property missing since the invasion.

The move is seen as recognition that ties between Iraq and Kuwait have improved.

In a televised address, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said Iraqis deserved to celebrate "after a long period of suffering" under international sanctions.

Britain's UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, the current Security Council president, called the vote "an historic step" in the normalization of relations between Iraq and the international community but said Iraq still faces some UN restrictions linked to the Saddam era that could be enforced militarily.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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