Iraq, Iran to meet to draw disputed border

Iraq and Iran will hold meetings from next week to formally mark their disputed border, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Thursday.

Iraq, Iran to meet to draw disputed border

Iraq and Iran will hold meetings from next week to formally mark their disputed border, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Thursday.

Iraq's Hoshiyar Zebari met Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki in a move to cool tensions between the neighbours after a small contingent of Iranian troops moved into an oilfield inside Iraqi territory last month and Iraq.

"There will be a meeting within a week between the two countries about the borders," Mottaki told a news conference in the foreign ministry in central Baghdad, while on a one-day trip to Iraq.

He added that in the following weeks, meetings would be held between technical committees from the two countries to determine the land and maritime borders separating the two countries.

Iranian television said earlier that Mottaki, on his first visit to Iraq since September, was leading a large delegation on the visit, which was to focus on bilateral security co-operation and border issues.

"The Iranian troops brought down the Iranian flag and withdrew (only) to a certain distance," Zebari said.

Zebari said the two sides had agreed to "normalise border conditions and put back things as they were."

"We had a problem (over borders), and still the problem is pending and we want to resolve it," Zebari said, noting Iraq could appeal to the United Nations if Iranian soldiers did not withdraw.

"Instructions and orders were issued to the Iranian forces to withdraw to their original locations," Mottaki said through an interpreter.

The Iraqi military said in December that about a dozen Iranian soldiers had moved about 100 metres inside Iraqi territory and raised the Iranian flag over the disputed well.

The well was drilled in 1979 and provided about 3,000 barrels a day at the time, but has been inactive since 1980 due to the war.

Fakka is part of the Maysan oilfield complex, which has reserves of about 2.5 billion barrels. Iraq tried unsuccessfully to auction it off to foreign oil companies last year.

Agencies


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