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Historic end to Iraq sanctions after unanimous vote by UN Security Council
 
Iraq has moved one step closer towards regaining its standing in the international community and achieving long-term stability after the United Nations Security Council unanimously voted to end the sanctions imposed on Iraq some twenty years ago.

The Security Council decided to lift the sanctions over weapons of mass destruction, thereby cancelling previous resolutions that considered Iraq a threat to international peace and security. The move is also expected to help boost Iraq’s economy by
 
  lifting restrictions on Iraq’s ability to obtain certain chemicals and other goods that are needed to develop its agriculture and to begin a civilian nuclear program.

A second resolution formally ended the controversial oil-for-food program that led to widespread corruption and the council extended UN protection for Iraq’s oil and gas revenues that are held in the Development Fund for Iraq. The resolution also granted full control of the fund to the Iraqi government by 30 June 2011.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon acknowledged “how far the country has come in key aspects of its journey to normalize its status in the community of nations” and described today’s events as a “milestone” on the country’s path to stability and normality.

The Security Council said it recognized "the positive developments in Iraq and that the situation now...is significantly different from that which existed" after Saddam's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

The Islamic Dawa Party welcomes the efforts of the international community in supporting Iraq build a peaceful and democratic country. On the issue of Gulf War reparations, the IDP believes that Iraq and Kuwait have made significant progress towards re-establishing strong diplomatic relations and that ongoing dialogue will lead to an equitable solution that is mutually beneficial to both sides.

15 December 2010
 
   
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