Iran calls for specifying Iraq border areas

Iran and Iraq have a history of border disputes, including one that escalated into the eight-year war in the 1980s.

Iran calls for specifying Iraq border areas

Iran on Tuesday described a border incident with Iraq as a "misunderstanding" and called for experts from both countries to look into border demarcation issues.

The statement came two days after Iraqi officials said Iranian troops had withdrawn from a disputed oil area claimed by both Tehran and Baghdad.

"Our stance has been crystal clear ... it was a misunderstanding," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told a news conference in comments translated by English-language state television.

Saying the two countries' foreign ministers had reached an understanding in a phone conversation on Saturday, he added a committee should be formed to look into border demarcation issues between Iran and Iraq, which fought a 1980-88 war.

"We think it is a technical and expert issue and the experts of both sides should sit down and look into ... specifying the border areas between the two countries so that such misunderstandings are removed," he said.

On Sunday, Iraq's government spokesman said a group of Iranian troops who had taken over an oil well in a remote region along the Iran-Iraq border last week were no longer in control of the well, which Iraq considers part of its Fakka oilfield.

Iran and Iraq have a history of border disputes, including one that escalated into the eight-year war in the 1980s.

"The best solution is ... for the experts to sit down and investigate the issue," Mehmanparast said.

"A committee will review the demarcation and the border lines to remove any possible misunderstanding and to find solutions to that," he said.



Reuters

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